(ANSA) – ROME, JUN 18 – Two brothers, a former black shirt and an anti-fascist, the Second World War that separated them, a trip in 1956, from France to Procida, to return home. This is the path of Come prima by the French filmmaker Tommy Weber, which brings to the big screen the graphic novel of the same name from 2013 by cartoonist Alfred (published in Italy by Bao Publishing, already winner of the Fauve d’or at the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angouleme) in a road movie starring Francesco Di Leva and Antonio Folletto, in cinemas from June 16 with Luce Cinecittà, after having made their autumn debut in Alice nella Città at the Rome International Film Festival. “Francesco and Antonio did not know each other but they had wanted to meet for some time – Weber tells ANSA – they felt a great mutual respect. For the film (produced by Mad Entertainment with Rai Cinema) their instinct and their professionalism led them to work together on every scene, they helped each other constantly. A real brotherhood was created between them and now they are very close “. Weber said yes to the project because the one in the graphic novel “is an intimate story of two brothers told through the great story – he explains -. It is a simple, very clear and classic story, in which it is easy to reflect”. Weber sees this relationship between brothers “as a love story: there is electricity, contrast, modesty” he points out.

Kicking off the plot is the meeting in Dieppe in northern France, in 1956, between the restless Fabio (Di Leva), who survives by arranging himself and making clandestine boxing matches, and his younger brother André (Folletto), who has come to look for him. The two have not seen each other for 17 years: the break took place after Fabio had decided to join the black shirts to go and fight in Eritrea, a decision never accepted by his father (Massimiliano Rossi), a convinced anti-fascist. Now an inheritance and the need to escape from danger convince Fabio to leave with his brother for home. Thus begins a difficult journey of confrontation, confrontation, rancor, and reciprocal revelations also linked to a woman, Maria. (HANDLE).