An accident can unravel families and change lives forever.
That’s what happens in Paolo Virzi’s 2013 film “Human Capital”, playing this Sunday only at the Detroit Film Theatre (DFT).
Based on the American novel by Stephen Amidon, it follows the lives of two very different families. One is well established, while the other is desperate to maintain a middle-class lifestyle. The night before Christmas Eve a cyclist is run off the road by an out of control SUV, and the incident throws the two families together, turning this taut drama into a suspenseful thriller. Told from the perspective of several characters, it is a dynamic and edgy account of desire and greed in an age of financial uncertainty.
The film won seven David di Dontello Awards (the Italian Oscars), including Best Actress for Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Best Supporting Actress for Valeria Golino, Best Director, and Best Film.
Tedeschi also won Best Actress at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
It was the Italian submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not nominated.
The film is in Italian with English subtitles.
Show times are Sunday, August 2, at 2 P.M. and 4:30 P.M. Tickets are $8.50, $6.50 for Detroit Institute of Arts members, seniors, and students. Advanced tickets may be purchased here.