American author Stephen Amidon’s dark slice of Americana, Human Capital, caught the attention of Italian director Paolo Virzì, whose film version, Il Capitale Umano, became Italy’s best film of 2014.
Was there anything in Paolo Virzì’s adaptation that particularly surprised, delighted, or annoyed you? Did you think, “Wow, that’s even better than I’d intended!” or “No, no, no, not what I had in mind at all!”
There was nothing that annoyed me, which is a remarkable thing to say, given what a risky undertaking it was. I supposed the thing that delighted me the most was the screenplay. I attempted to write a film version of the book not long after it came out and made something a mess of it, which led me to think it couldn’t be done. But I think the way the screenwriters solved the book’s problem of multiple viewpoints is incredibly impressive. I was also deeply gratified by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s performance as Carrie (or Carla, in the film). She really captured what I intended with that character. A great performance by a great actress.