Human Capital

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Italy | 2013 | 110 minutes | Paolo Virzí

February 6 - 12, 2015

Ends Thu Feb 12 | Italy’s official Oscar® submission, director Paolo Virzi's chic thriller features a stunning ensemble cast in the tale of two families whose destinies are tied together by a road accident, an event which exposes the self-destructive vanity of those who selfishly cling to the top.

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.


"A chic thriller! A top-flight cast gives the character-driven drama depth and conviction." – Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter

"Perfectly cast! This slick, stylish fusion of class critique and murder mystery confirms Paolo Virzi as one of Italy's more dynamic directors." – Jay Weissberg, Variety

  • Original Language Title: Il Capitale Umano
  • Director: Paolo Virzí
  • Principal Cast: Fabrizio Bentivoglio, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Valeria Golino, Fabrizio Gifuni, Matilde Gioli
  • Country: Italy
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 110 minutes
  • Language: Italian
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • US Distributor: Film Movement