Mercoledì, 17 Ottobre 2018
VENICE

Friedkin to be honoured with Golden Lion in Venice

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Venice, May 2 - William Friedkin, the Academy
Award-winning director of legendary films including The French
Connection, will be awarded the Golden Lion lifetime achievement
prize at the Venice Film Festival.
The award was proposed by the director of the festival
Alberto Barbera.
In his bid to grant the Golden Lion to Friedkin, which was
approved on Thursday, Barbera said that Friedkin "has
contributed to the deep innovation of American cinema in a
significant way which has not always been recognized for its
revolutionary impact".
After making documentaries, Friedkin played a major role in
innovating two popular genres - police and horror films - making
modern blockbusters including The French Connection (1971),
which won him five Academy Awards including best director and
best film, and The Exorcist (1973), which was nominated for 10
Academy Awards.
Friedkin also directed Sorcerer (1977), Cruising (1980), To
Live and Die in L.A. (1985) and Jade (1995) "which have come to
be subsequently viewed as true masterpieces," Barbera said.
A recent success included Killer Joe, which was nominated
for a Golden Lion at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.
After learning about the award, Friedkin said Venice
represented a "spiritual home" for him, saying the lifetime
achievement was "unexpected", an honour he accepted with
"gratitude and love".
Friedkin will be given the award at the 70th edition of the
festival, August 28 to September 7, during which he will be
presenting the restored version of Sorcerer by Warner Bros.
His long-awaited memoir The Friedkin Connection (Harper
Collins) has just been published in the United States.
The Italian version, published by Bompiani, will debut in
Venice.

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