Little more than a year since writing that Human Capital had just started filming in Italy, Ron Charles has updated his Washington Post piece in time for the film to open at New York's Tribeca Film Festival. Last February it was hard to believe that the film had actually gone into production--I am used to things falling apart at the last minute. Now, it has not only done well in its home country, but it has also sold to thirty other countries, even before its first festival appearance. As New York audiences are about to find out, Paolo Virzì's Il Capitale Umano is an Italian experience that hits very close to everybody's home.
Human Capital reverts to its original title for the film's North American debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it is in competition. The first screening of Paolo Virzì's splendid adaptation is on April 18. Tickets are now on sale.
Il Capitale Umano continues to triumph at the Italian box office, my novel has been re-released, and I am getting ready to return to Italy as the first Storyteller-in-Residence at the Scuola Holden in Torino. I hope the students there will learn a thing or two from me. Having a novel turned into such a brilliant film has certainly taught me a lot about my own work, as you can see in this conversation with Roberto Manassero for Ciniforum.
The film has opened to strong reviews, great word of mouth - and the noisy fury of the right wing Northern League, who wrongly (and cynically) see it as an attack on Italy's rich . I hope the controversy won't distract too much from the beauty of Paolo Virzì s film and the humanity of his vision. Meanwhile, the novel has been reissued, and today saw a nice interview with Paolo Conti in Sette, the Corierra della Sera magazine, which should straighten out a few misconceptions and prevent the book being consigned to bonfires on the grounds of the villas of Lombardy.
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