Paolo Virzi’s thriller Human Capital will hit theaters in early 2015 after Film Movement acquired rights to the Italian pic that stars Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi, Valeria Golino, and Fabrizio Bentivoglio. It is having its North American premiere April 18 at the Tribeca Film Festival. The movie begins at the end: 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 Rovellis, struggling to keep their comfortable middle-class life, in ways neither could have expected. The deal was negotiated by Film Movement co-president Adley Gartenstein and Gilles Sousa, Head of International Sales at BAC Films.
“We love the movie’s portrait of a society struggling with the same issues of economic inequality that we’re seeing here in the U.S.,” Gartenstein said. “The film’s unique structure and superb acting make it an incredibly exciting acquisition for Film Movement.”
Film Movement earlier this month released the Singapore-made pic Ilo Ilo, which won the Camera d’Or for director Anthony Chen at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Human Capital marks the first major deal under new co-president Michael Rosenberg, the former Entertainment One U.S. boss who joined last month after taking an equity stake in the NY-based distributor. He shares the co-president title with Gartentstein.