‘Comandante’ (2023) by Edoardo De Angelis is the opening film of the Biennale Cinema 2023

The film will have its world premiere on Wednesday 30 August in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema
'Comandante' (2023)
'Comandante' (2023)

‘Comandante’ (The Commander) is a war drama film co-written and directed by Edoardo De Angelis, starring Pierfrancesco Favino. The film is set to open the 80th edition of the Venice Film Festival on September 30th.


During the onset of World War II, Salvatore Todaro assumes command of the Italian Royal Navy submarine Cappellini. While navigating in the Atlantic on a dark October night in 1940, he encounters an unidentified merchant vessel sailing without lights. Employing his cannons, Todaro successfully sinks the ship. In a moment that would later be recorded in history, the Commander makes a crucial decision: he rescues the 26 shipwrecked Belgians who otherwise faced certain death in the vast ocean. Accommodating the survivors aboard his submarine necessitates three days of surface navigation, thereby exposing himself and his crew to enemy forces and placing their lives at risk.

Comandante (2023)
Comandante (2023)

The Director

Edoardo De Angelis
Edoardo De Angelis

Edoardo De Angelis is a director, screenwriter, and producer; he was born in Naples in 1978. He debuted with Mozzarella Stories (2011), followed by Perez (2014). He made his reputation with Indivisibili (2016), presented at the Venice International Film Festival’s Giornate degli Autori. His next movies were Il vizio della Speranza (2018), which received the Audience Award at the Rome Film Fest, and three movies for Rai based on works by Eduardo De Filippo, Natale in Casa CupielloNon ti pago, and Sabato, Domenica e Lunedì. In 2022, he directed the TV series The Lying Life of Adults, based on the same-titled novel by Elena Ferrante and produced by Fandango for Netflix.

The Cast

Pierfrancesco Favino
Johan Heldenbergh
Silvia D’Amico
Luca Chikovani
Johannes Wirix
Jacques Reclercq
Mario Russo
Lucas Tavernier
Massimiliano Rossi
Giulio Greco
Arianna di Claudio
Giuseppe Brunetti
Gigino Magnifico
Giuseppe Lo Piccolo
Pietro Angelini
Alessandro Bandini
Giustiniano Alpi
Giacomo Bottoni
Olivier Langhendries
Andrea Ferrara

Comandante (2023)
Pierfrancesco Favino in Comandante (2023)

Movie title: Comandante

Movie description: At the start of WWII, Salvatore Todaro commands the Italian Royal Navy submarine Cappellini. One dark night in October 1940, while navigating in the Atlantic, he comes upon an armed merchant ship sailing with lights out. He shoots his cannons at the ship and sinks it. At that moment, the Commander makes a decision that was destined to go down in history: he saves the 26 shipwrecked Belgians who otherwise would have drowned in the middle of the ocean and disembarks them at the nearest safe harbor, as prescribed by the law of the sea. To make room for them on board his submarine, he is forced to navigate on the surface of the water for three days, visible to the enemy forces and endangering his life and that of his men.

Date published: August 11, 2023

Country: Italy

Duration: 155 min

Director(s): Edoardo De Angelis,

Writer(s): Edoardo De Angelis, Sandro Veronesi

Cinematography: Ferran Paredes Rubio

Actor(s): Pierfrancesco Favino, Johan Heldenbergh, Silvia D'Amico, Luca Chikovani, Johannes Wirix, Jacques Reclercq, Mario Russo, Lucas Tavernier

Genre: War drama, History, Biography

Companies: Indigo Film, O’Groove

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