William Friedkin to receive Venice honour

Friday, 03 May 2013 - 8:35

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William Friedkin, director of The French Connection and The Exorcist, is to receive a lifetime achievement award at this year's Venice Film Festival.

The honorary Golden Lion was a prize he "never expected" but was "proud to accept with gratitude and love".

Venice chief Alberto Barbera singled him out for his "revolutionary impact".