Featuring career-topping performances from some of Italy’s most sought-after actors, including Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Munich, A Good Year), Valeria Golino (Rain Man, Frida) and Fabrizio Bentivoglio (Remember Me, My Love), Virzì’s taut character study deconstructs the typical linear narrative, observing transformative events from each character’s perspective. The imprsesive result is a masterfully nuanced account of desire, greed and the value of human life in the age of rampant capitalism and financial manipulation. Based on a book of the same name by Stephen Amidon, the film premiered in the U.S. at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, where it received critical acclaim and won Best Actress honors for star Valeria Bruni Tedeschi. HUMAN CAPITAL opened in Italy earlier this year, grossing $8 million at the box office in that country and winning seven Donatello Awards, including Best Film.
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 familiy, privileged and detached, will intertwine with the Ossolas, struggling to keep their comfortable middle-class life, in ways neither could have expected. Dino Ossola, in dire financial straits, anticipates the birth of twins with his second wife. Meanwhile, his teenage daughter’s relationship with hedge-fund manager Giovanni Bernaschi’s playboy son complicates an already tricky social dance of status, money and ambition.