HUMAN CAPITAL begins at the end, as a cyclist is run off the road by a careening SUV the night before Christmas Eve. As details emerge of the events leading up to the accident, the lives of the well-to-do Bernaschi family, privileged and detached, will intertwine with the Ossolas, struggling to keep their comfortable middle-class life, in ways neither could have expected. Dino Ossola (Fabrizio Bentivoglio), in dire financial straits, anticipates the birth of twins with his second wife (Valeria Golino). Meanwhile, Dino’s teenage daughter’s relationship with hedge-fund manager Giovanni Bernaschi’s playboy son complicates an already tricky social dance of status, money and ambition. Paolo Virzi’s taut character study deconstructs the typical linear narrative, observing transformative events from each character’s perspective. The result is a nuanced account of desire, greed and the value of human life in an age of rampant capitalism and financial manipulation.
Tribeca Film Festival 2014: Winner of the award for Best Actress (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi) and nominated for the Best Movie Award “This slick, stylish fusion of class critique and murder mystery confirms Paolo Virzi as one of Italy’s more dynamic directors.” VARIETY
Il capitale umano
15 May 2014
Paolo Virzì, Francesco Bruni e Francesco Piccolo
Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Valeria Golino, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi