Paolo Virzi's 'The Human Capital' Takes Center Stage During Italy Award Season

Paolo Virzi

Edoardo Winspeare’s low-budget drama "Thanks to God" also earned best film nominations for both the Nastri d'Argento awards and Italy's Golden Globes.

ROME – Paolo Virzi’s The Human Capital (Il capitale umano) continued its romp through the first phase of Italian film award season, garnering multiple nominations for both the Nastri d’Argento (Silver Ribbons) awards and Italy’s version of the Golden Globes.

The film already totaled 19 nominations for the David di Donatello honors, one more than Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar winner The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza). The title is a delecate drama about two families whose fates become intertwined through a cyclist hit on a road before Christmas.

Now, added to its award nomination totals are eight nominations -- more than any other film -- for the Nastri d’Argento honors, Europe’s oldest film awards, including Best Film. The film also earned three Golden Globe nominations (it was eligible in five categories), for Best Film, Best Actor (protagonist Fabrizio Bentivoglio) and Best Screenplay (for Virzi and co-writers Francesco Bruni and Francesco Piccolo). 

Sorrentino’s Oscar winner was not included in this year’s version of the Nastri d’Argento or Golden Globes since it was released in time to be honored in 2013.

Joining The Human Capital among the Best Film nominees for the Nastri d’Argentos are Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders (Le meraviglie), Jury Prize winner at the just-completed Cannes Film Festival; Daniele Luchetti’s Happy Years (Anni Felici); Buckle Your Seatbelts (Allacciate le cincture), from Ferzan Ozpetek; and Edoardo Winspeare’s low-budget relationship drama In Thanks to God (In grazie di dio).

Thanks to God joined The Human Capital among the Best Film nominees for the Golden Globes, along with Matteo Oleotto’s cult comedy Zoran My Idiot Nephew (Zoran il mio nipote sceme), The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer (La mafia uccide solo d’estate) from Pif; and Sydney Sibilia’s I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Smetto quando voglio).

The Nastri d’Argento prize ceremony, which began in 1946, will take place June 28 in Taormina, in Sicily, while the 54th edition of Italy’s Golden Globes will take place June 12 in Rome. As previously reported, the Donatello awards will be handed out June 10.

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