Venice Film Festival, the Romeo Romei submarine on the Lido for the film Comandante

The Romeo Romei submarine, the fourth submarine of the class dedicated to Commander Salvatore Todaro, is making a logistical stop in Venice from today 29 August to 1 September. It is a tribute to the film Commander by Edoardo De Angelis, which opens the 80th edition of the Venice Film Festival. The film, starring Pierfrancesco Favino in the role of Todaro, was made in collaboration with the Navy. The screenplay is written by Sandro Veronesi and Edoardo De Angelis. The film’s music is composed by Robert Del Naja. It will be in theaters from February 2024. (THE SPECIAL – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW)

The submarine

The submarine Romeo Romei (S 529) is the fourth Todaro class underwater unit (type U212A). Moored in Riva dei Sette Martiri, it can be visited at these times: Tuesday 29 August from 17 to 19.30, Wednesday 30 August from 9 to 12.30 and from 17 to 19.30, Thursday 31 August from 9 to 12.30 (in the photo and video, images of the Navy). Made in Italy by Fincantieri at the Muggiano shipyard (La Spezia), it was launched on 6 July 2015 and delivered on 11 May 2017. It is a medium-sized boat in highly resistant non-magnetic steel. The Navy uses it for the control of maritime traffic lines, the monitoring of illicit activities, the surveillance of areas of high national interest and the support of special forces. The Romei is equipped with an Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system based on fuel cells (Fuel Cell System) powered by hydrogen and oxygen, which complements the conventional diesel-electric propulsion system (diesel generator + propulsion batteries). It takes its name from the corvette captain Romeo Romei, commander of the submarine Pier Capponi, sunk on March 31, 1941. Already decorated with two Bronze Medals for Military Valor, he was awarded a Gold Medal for Military Valor.

The film

As mentioned, Commander it will be in theaters from February 2024. It tells the story of Salvatore Todaro, who in October 1940 commands the Cappellini submarine of the Regia Marina. While sailing on the Atlantic he collides with the Kabalo, a Belgian merchant ship which suddenly opens fire on the Italian submarine. A battle breaks out, which will see Cappellini win. At this point the commander takes a historic decision: to save the 26 shipwrecked people otherwise condemned in the middle of the ocean and disembark them in the nearest safe port. A very risky undertaking for Cappellini, who to do so will have to sail on the surface for three days, thus making himself visible to enemies.