There was all the Italian cinema for the farewell to Pietro Coccia, the photojournalist who died last week at the age of 56. Actors, directors, technicians, journalists, press offices, producers, so many colleagues with their cameras slung over their shoulders and then with their lenses turned towards the sky to greet them. A crowd of people with many friends for the eternal boy, a dreamer and a traveler, crumpled but tireless, as has been described in the memories and the moving words that concluded the funeral in the church of the Argentines, Santa Maria Addolorata in the Coppedè district, the neighborhood where Peter lived in the family home. One of the two sisters, Maria, led the intercessory prayers remembering her soul XXL, while her brother Benedetto underlined how in the family photos Pietro was always a little absent because he was the one to shoot, a little because his real family was cinema.
It is impossible to recognize all the familiar faces in the large crowd, with standing places and many left outside the church. Pupi and Antonio Avati, Paola Minaccioni, Madalina Ghenea, Claudia Gerini, Gigi Roncato, Roberto Cicutto, Fulvio Lucisano, Nicola Giuliano, Walter Veltroni. Luigi Abete, Ricky Tognazzi, Claudio Bonivento, Tilde Corsi, Giampaolo Letta, Felice Laudadio, Marco Valsania, Andrea Occhipinti, Paola Corvino, the twins D'Innocenzo, Gaetano Blandini, Beppe Fiorello, Sabrina Impacciatore, Nicola Guaglianone, Piergiorgio Bellocchio, Maurizio Sciarra , Valeria Golino, Ivan Cotroneo, Paolo Del Brocco, Francesco Bruni, Francesca Calvelli, Margherita Buy, Alessandro Haber, Neri Parenti, Marco Ilaria Spada, Simon Puccioni, Maria Rosaria Omaggio, Adriana Chiesa, the presidents of Snci Franco Montini and Sngci Laura Delli Colli, who also intervened for an affectionate and participatory memory.
At the exit a long applause greeted the coffin. A thank you for Pietro's unique generosity, always present in any film festival around the world – just in these hours he should have been in New York where Mario Martone remembered him publicly with emotion – and always ready to give his portraits and even scoops. As he did at the last Cannes with the historic photo of the meeting between Lina Wertmuller and Leonardo DiCaprio, a photo that went around the web and newspapers. But his images, by the thousands, remain in the media archives and in the memory of the computers of us all because to each one, small or large, Pietro had given a pose, a memory, a special moment.