Director William Friedkin rose above the rest with ground-breaking feature films in the 1970s. The French Connection (1971), The Exorcist (1973), and Sorcerer (1977), were among films that brought a profound change in American cinema regarded as ‘the New Hollywood’.

Recognizing his accomplishments, the Venice International Film Festival has announced it will honour William Friedkin with its most prestigious award, the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, later this year. The festival is celebrating its 70th year from 28 August – 7 September 2013.

“Venice, especially during the Film Festival, is a spiritual home to me. The Golden Lion is something I never expected but am proud to accept with gratitude and love”.

Friedkin’s more recent films, Jade (1995), and Killer Joe (2011), were both presented at the Venice International Film Festival in their respective years. On the night he is honoured, Friedkin will present a restored print of Sorcerer for the lucky audience.

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