Italian filmmaker Paolo Virzì has long been considered one of the heirs of the Commedia all'italiana style of film comedy made famous by such directors as Dino Risi, Mario Monicelli and Ettore Scola.
But Virzì noted that his films are much more than comedies. "It's a trick," he said. "I transform hard topics and sad stories into comedies."
Though there are comedic moments in his latest film, "Human Capital," Virzì steps out of his comfort zone with a far darker look at human nature.
Based on the novel by Stephen Amidon, the dramatic thriller unfolds in "Rashomon"-style chapters as it reveals what...