Tanti Auguri, Stephen! See You At The Venice Film Festival?
Stephen Amidon’s novel about upper crust Connecticut became Paolo Virzì’s story of upper crust northern Italy in Il Capitale Umano (Human Capital), a complex drama about money, families, and a guy on a bike who, one dark snowy night loses his life.
Amidon, an award-winning American author’s Italian adventure began one day when, returning home, his daughter told him that “some guy named Paolo called but didn’t leave a number”, and luckily for everybody involved, he called back.
The Paolo in this story is one of Italy’s top contemporary directors, Paolo Virzì, who turns out wanted to make Stephen’s book Human Capital into an Italian movie, Il Capitale Umano.
“I must say I was a little apprehensive about how the story would change in an Italian setting”, Amidon told me, “but was surprised (and gratified) by how similar Paolo Virzi’s version is to my novel. As I have joked before, the characters are the same – they are just better looking! I think the similarity is due, as you say, to the universality of the story’s themes, though I also think that Italy is right now going through a lot of the things America was experiencing when I wrote the book in the early 2000s: a new wave of wealthy people, a squeezed middle class, a generation of bewildered youth.
The film’s cast is an enviable collection of Italy’s finest, with Valeria Golino, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Luigi Lo Cascio, Fabrizio Bentivoglio and Fabrizio Gifuni.
“I was astonished by how perfect the casting was”, said Amidon. “They are all now how these characters look in my mind.”
The Italian adventure continued when Amidon co-wrote the screenplay for Paolo Virzì’s highly anticipated English language movie, The Leisure Seeker, starring Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren. The award-winning duo play a runaway couple going on an unforgettable journey in the faithful old RV they call The Leisure Seeker.
The Leisure Seeker could premiere at #Venice74! We’ll keep you posted!