Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018

US filmmaker Friedkin to receive Venice Career gong


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), a
gritty crime drama which won him five Academy Awards including
best director and best film, and The Exorcist which was
nominated for 10 Academy Awards.
The 1973 blockbuster was an adaptation of William Peter
Blatty's best-selling novel about demonic possession.
Friedkin also directed The Boys in the Band (1970), a
pioneering film about gay culture which was adapted from a Mart
Crowley play, Sorcerer (1977), a remake of Clousot's Wages of
Fear, and Cruising (1980), starring Al Pacino as an undercover
policeman chasing a killer in the gay bars of Manhattan's West
Other popular movies include To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
and Jade (1995) "which have come to be subsequently viewed as
true masterpieces," Barbera said.
Friedkin, he also noted, "showed he was ready to take risks
to stand by his ideals which removed him from Hollywood's
mainstream cinema and led him to seek in independent movies the
freedom necessary to pursue a language made of constant
surprises, incredible visual impact, which was visionary, while
hungry for reality even when it lost itself in the abstract and
perfectionist action scenes which characterized his work.
"William Friedkin still represents today an example of
exacting cinema, which is intellectually honest, emotionally
intense, adventurous and erratic - a powerful and generous
antidote against the growing homogeneity of contemporary
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

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