Human Capital (Il Capitale Umano)

Dir: Paolo Virzì (2013)

WINNER: BEST FILM, BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST ACTRESS, BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, BEST EDITING, DAVID DI DONATELLO AWARDS 2014

WINNER: BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST ACTOR, BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS, BEST EDITING, BARI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014

WINNER: BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST ACTOR, BEST EDITING, BEST SOUND, BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN, ITALIAN NATIONAL SYNDICATE OF FILM JOURNALISTS 2014

WINNER: BEST FILM, GOLDEN GLOBES ITALY 2014

WINNER: BEST DIRECTOR, BUSTO ARSIZIO FILM FESTIVAL 2014

WINNER: BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST ACTOR, CERASE FILM FESTIVAL 2014

WINNER: BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST ITALIAN FILM AUDIENCE AWARD, FEDERAZIONE ITALIANA CINEMA D'ESSAI 2014

WINNER:  BEST DIRECTOR, BEST SCREENPLAY, BEST ACTRESS, BEST EDITING, GOLDEN CIAK AWARDS 2014


On a wet winter night in Italy’s affluent north, a waiter is run off the road by an SUV and killed, entwining the fates of two families of very different social standing. Set against the aftermath of the European economic crash,

Based on the novel by Stephen Amidon, and set against the aftermath of the European economic crash, Human Capital is an engrossing thriller that paints a bleak and tragic portrait of current Italian society. Deceptively simple at first but building with perfect pace, Human Capital examines and re-examines the circumstances surrounding the accident with each of four chapters told from the perspective of a different character. Deceptions and cover-ups are deliberately and cleverly revealed right up to the final moments.

As the police search closes in on both families it becomes clear that there are no innocents in this society of class inequality - secrets and lies hide everywhere, but vanity and greed lie in plain view in a world where a person’s value is measured in euros.

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Director: Paulo Virzi

Year: 2013

Language: Italian (with English subtitles)

Run Time: 109 mins

Rating: MA15+ (Strong sex scenes and course language)

“An elegant Chinese puzzle of a movie, deftly constructed by director Virzì, and boosted by an array of strong performances.” 

- Mark Kermode, The Observer

“★★★★ Superbly played, designed and photographed, this is a worthy companion to Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty.” 

- David Parkinson, Radio Times

“This slick, stylish fusion of class critique and murder mystery confirms Paolo Virzì as one of Italy’s more dynamic directors.”

- Jay Weissberg, Variety 

 

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