Venice remembers Pietro Coccia cinema photojournalist

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(by Francesco Gallo) – ROME, AUGUST 17 – If there really is something beyond this life, surely Pietro Coccia will be photographing everything he can, even the most unknown of the unknowns he met in heaven, and will not fail to send him the night (he was chronically sleepless) his complimentary photos. Pietro was like that, to whom everyone loved and also turned, there with real interest, to plan a trip: he was, in addition to being a good cinema photojournalist, the world’s greatest expert on air tickets and hotels booked so in advance as to cost just over zero. And this amid the bewilderment-envy of all colleagues. Now a docu-tribute on him arrives at the Lido, PIETRO IL GRANDE, by Antonello Sarno that passes to the Special Screenings – Out of Competition of the 78 / ma. Venice Film Festival, which tells the story.

Coccia (1962-2018) was one of the most talented and certainly prolific photojournalists in Italian cinema for over thirty years.

His career is reconstructed by Sarno with about four hundred of his shots accompanied by eight great soundtracks.

‘When Pietro disappeared, suddenly, alone, at his home, just back from Cannes 2018, I immediately thought of paying him a tribute by taking advantage of my know-how as a documentary filmmaker – says Antonello Sarno in his director’s notes to his 13 / mo Venetian title -. Having suddenly disappeared, as if we were at the beginning of an unfortunately real mystery, Pietro left behind an enormous quantity of photographs, prints, slides, digital shots, computers full of images, but without a password. The friendship with him, which dates back to the school desks, to Julius Caesar in Rome, made it necessary to face the challenge: to look at tens of thousands of photos to choose the few hundreds that would enter the documentary. For this I thank his brother Benedetto and Tiziana Rocca who patiently accompanied me in this work ‘. The film was produced by Luce-Cinecittà and Agnus Dei – Tiziana Rocca Production with the editing by Stefano Farruggia. (HANDLE).