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> II Capitane Umano/Human Capital, The Italian entry for the "Best Foreign Language Film" 2015
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"Human Capital" is an Italian production based on the homonymous book by American author Stephen Amidon. It won a total of seven awards from the “Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists” and it stood out at many film festivals in Italia."Human Capital" is the formal proposal of Italy for the "Best Foreign Language Film" at the upcoming Oscar. I believe that it will be very diffucult to win the Gold Statuette because last year the prize went to "La Grande Belleza" and the Academy will avoid giving the same country a concecutive prize. Especially this year in which involves a gran total of 83 candidate movies from all over the world!
"Human Capital" was much better than I expected because after "La Grande Belleza" I'm afraid of Italian productions. Paolo Virzě not only directed the film but also wrote the script together with Francesco Piccolo and Francesko Bruni. The story is based on a fatal hit of a cyclist. Then, an SUV driver leaves him helpless on the edge of a country road. In this tragic incident, involving two families, it unites the love affair of their children. The writers divided the film into four chapters which the case unfolds slowly in each of them. The first three relate to the three main characters of the story and the last one is the epilogue. It contains several flashbacks that begin and end at the same time and the three chapters are evolved along although are followed one after the other. I found all this very exciting because Paolo Virzě cleverly used the script idea with this way of directing. The performances were very good all over the cast and the lead actress Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was the big winner at the 12th Tribeca Film Festival! She was great with her role. The plot holds your interest from beginning to end and the story became more intriguing at every minute. It had elaborate editing, wonderful cinematography and great scenery. The author wanted through this story to illustrate how to determine the value of human life from the "capital" and also from the people who live in capitalist societies. He used aptly the incident of the cyclist and enriched his story with interesting characters.
"Human Capital" is definitely one of the best European productions this year. It had satisfactory earnings in the Italian Box Office (fourth most commercial Italian film of the year) and from April onwards, it has been viewed worldwide in many film festivals. I'm not sure if it'll be one of the five selected films by the Academy of Oscar but based on what I saw I think that it deserves a nomination.

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