By Ricardo PREVE


Documentary - Completed 2018

The Italian submarine "Macalle" sinks in the Red Sea near a Sudanese island in 1940. An expedition finds parts from the submarine underwater, and the grave of one of its sailors on the island. After 5 years of work, his remains are returned to Italy in 2018.

& Awards

International Festival of Latin American Film of Uruguay 2018
Audience Award - Best Documentary
Latitude Film Awards 2018
Bronze Winner - Original Score
Latitude Film Awards 2018
Bronze Winner - Documentary Feature
Sudan Independent Film Festival 2019
Official Selection
South Europe International Film Festival 2019
Official Selection
Accolade Global Film Competition 2019
Award of Excellence - Creativity - Originality
Accolade Global Film Competition 2019
Award of Excellence - Cinematography
Accolade Global Film Competition 2019
Award of Excellence - Documentary Feature
    • Year of production
    • 2018
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 88 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ricardo PREVE
    • Writer(s)
    • Ricardo PREVE
    • Producer(s)
    • Ricardo PREVE (Esto del Cine SRL)
    • Synopsis
    • In October 2014 Italian-Argentine filmmaker Ricardo Preve set off with a team of fellow divers in the hope of resolving one of the outstanding mysteries of the Second World War: where was the wreck of the Macalle? This Italian submarine hit a reef and sunk without trace in 1940, close to Barra Musa Kebir, a small, remote island off the coast of Sudan. But Preve’s diving expedition was to reveal more than the submarine’s likely whereabouts. On his last day on Barra Musa Kebir, Preve stumbled across the unmarked grave of Carlo Acefalo, the only submariner to die there before the remaining 44 crewmembers were rescued.

      Unbeknown to Preve at the time, numerous calls to the military and government had been made over the years, requesting they search for Acefalo’s grave and repatriate his body – the last on national television in Italy in 1983 by his former crewmembers – but with all of them now dead, he had since been forgotten. But all of that was about to change…

      With a storyline that could have come straight out of Hollywood, Coming Home (88 minutes) tells the fascinating tale of the Macalle’s demise due to poisonous gas, how its crew members (mostly) survived for six days on a sandbank in the searing African heat with limited supplies, and how the Italian Navy had to race to rescue the survivors from the British, who were fast closing in to take them prisoners of war.

      Personal diaries, letters, and military reports from the time help tell the story, along with interviews with descendants of the Macalle’s crew. Historical recreations, including the construction of parts of the submarine on a 1:1 scale in a studio, and exterior scenes were shot in Argentina. But the core of the film is Preve’s final expedition to the Red Sea in October, 2017, when Acefalo’s remains were exhumed, identified, and turned over to the Italian authorities. As the end credits roll, we see the military honors ceremony, and the burial of Acefalo in his mother’s grave in Italy in November, 2018.

      Coming Home closes the book on one of World War 2’s last remaining mysteries and – better late than never – realizes the wish of Carlo Acefalo’s former crewmembers: to have their fellow sailor finally back on home soil.