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Human Capital

Human Capital

Il Capitale Umano
2013Films Crime & Thriller/Drama1 h 50 mins
Lake Como, Italy. A cyclist is hit off the road by a jeep in the night before Christmas Eve. What happened that night? How will this accident change the destiny of the rich Bernaschi family and the Rovelli family which is on the edge of bankruptcy?
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Human Capital
Human Capital

Human Capital

Il Capitale Umano
2013Films Crime & Thriller/Drama1 h 50 mins
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Human Capital
Details
During a cold winter night, a cyclist is hit by a SUV and then abandoned to agonize in the frozen snow. The mysterious episode, on which the police will investigate, connects the events of the members of two families: the petty-bourgeois family of Ossola and the rich and venerated one of Bernaschi. Through a sophisticated narration divided into four chapters, adapted by an American noir novel, the film explores the extent of human ambition, generational conflicts and the social splendour and misery of a North Italian province.
Country
France
Italy
Language
Italian

Details
During a cold winter night, a cyclist is hit by a SUV and then abandoned to agonize in the frozen snow. The mysterious episode, on which the police will investigate, connects the events of the members of two families: the petty-bourgeois family of Ossola and the rich and venerated one of Bernaschi. Through a sophisticated narration divided into four chapters, adapted by an American noir novel, the film explores the extent of human ambition, generational conflicts and the social splendour and misery of a North Italian province.
Country
France
Italy
Language
Italian

Accolades
Human Capital
Italian Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film
87th Academy Awards
Human Capital
Human Capital
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Best Actress
David di Donatello Awards, 2014
Human Capital
Human Capital
Best Film
David di Donatello Awards, 2014
Human Capital
Human Capital
Italian Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film
87th Academy Awards
Human Capital
Human Capital
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Best Actress
David di Donatello Awards, 2014
Human Capital
Human Capital
Best Film
David di Donatello Awards, 2014
Human Capital
Human Capital
Italian Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film
87th Academy Awards
Human Capital
Human Capital
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Best Actress
David di Donatello Awards, 2014
Human Capital
Human Capital
Best Film
David di Donatello Awards, 2014
Human Capital

Critics
...'"... an anguishing thriller… "'
Hollywood Reporter
...'"... the performances are superb..."'
Roger Ebert

Meet the Cast
Matilde Gioli

Matilde Gioli

Fabrizio Gifuni

Fabrizio Gifuni

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

Meet the Cast
Matilde Gioli

Matilde Gioli

Fabrizio Gifuni

Fabrizio Gifuni

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

Director's Statement

This project began first and foremost as a real 'love affair' with the wonderful novel by Stephen Amidon, “Human Capital”, set in an affluent Connecticut suburb in the last decade. Those characters, and that story, seemed emblematic of our times, even in Italy: a wealth that doesn’t come from work, but from the most ruthless of financial speculation; the dashed hopes of climbing the social ladder; the anxiety that money causes; a generation of young people forced to pay a higher price for happiness, because of the fitful ambitions of their parents, or their own frustrations.

So we made it an Italian story, the story of Dino Ossola, a real estate agent in hot water, who’s enrolled his daughter Serena in a prestigious prep school he can barely afford. We immersed that mosaic of stories and characters in a Northern Italian province of today, a place straddling the border of wealth and desperation. We decided to structure the plot like a real thriller, with a dead body on our hands from the very first scene: a cyclist hit on an icy winter’s night, on the eve of the Christmas holidays. Tracing the steps of the various characters, the entire film re-tells the story of what happened that night, piece by piece, showing how that accident could change each of their lives.

Mainly, however, it tells the story of how money - the angst of multiplying it, the anxiety of losing it - determines the relationships, the fates, and the worth of the people it touches.

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