The new Favino’s movie is the new Favino Great performance, that became Salvatore Todaro, italian navy commander during WWII.Seriously injured in the spine, he refused retirement and took command of the submarine “comandante Cappellini”, with a young a origin varied crew.
During his first mission, sinking a cargo ship named Kabalo, flagged  the Belgian flag, he decided, against ordere,  to rescue  all 26  survivors.
This is a film, in this period when all tv speack about wars, that takes you beyond the military uniforms  to see the boys, their feelings their fears
A small note, making this film has been a graet commitement for Cinecittà’s workers, because they had to build a submarine of 73 mt, that had to float.

The Commander “Comandante” is a film by Edoardo De Angelis, starring Pierfrancesco Favino. The film’s cast also includes Massimiliano Rossi, Johan Heldenbergh, and Silvia D’Amico. The screenplay is written by Sandro Veronesi and Edoardo De Angelis, based on the homonymous novel published by Bompiani. The film’s music is composed by Robert Del Naja.

The film, presented as the opening film in competition at the 80th Venice International Film Festival, is a production by Indigo Film, O’Groove, Rai Cinema, Tramp LTD, VGroove, Wise Pictures, in association with Beside Production, in collaboration with Paramount+. It is produced by Pierpaolo Verga, Nicola Giuliano, Attilio De Razza, Edoardo De Angelis, Francesca Cima, Carlotta Calori, Viola Prestieri, in association with Mariagiovanna De Angelis and Antonio Miyakawa, in collaboration with the Italian Navy and Cinecittà.

The film will be distributed in Italy by 01 Distribution and will be released in theaters on October 31, 2023.


At the beginning of the Second World War, Salvatore Todaro commands the submarine Cappellini of the Royal Italian Navy. In October 1940, while sailing in the Atlantic, the silhouette of a merchant ship traveling in darkness, the Kabalo, emerges. It is later discovered to be of Belgian nationality and loaded with English military material. Suddenly, it opens fire on the Italian submarine and its crew.

A short but intense battle ensues in which Todaro sinks the merchant ship with cannon fire. It is at this point that the Commander makes a decision destined to go down in history: to save the 26 Belgian survivors condemned to drown in the middle of the ocean by landing them in the nearest safe port, as stipulated by the law of the sea. To welcome them on board, he is forced to sail surfaced for three days, making himself visible to enemy forces and risking his life and that of his crew.

When the captain of the Kabalo, upon disembarking in the bay of Santa Maria in the Azores, asks him why he took such a risk, contrary to the directives of his own command, Salvatore Todaro responds with the words that have made him a legend: “Because we are Italians.”


The Commander (COMANDANTE)

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Angelo Sonnino, was born in Rome in 1969, and despite a degree in economics with 107 and authorizing the accountant never used doctor, continues in his DJ career, singer and entertainer.

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