Venice film festival gives lifetime award to Friedkin

Friday, 30 August 2013 - 12:38




US filmmaker William Friedkin, who petrified cinema-goers with "The Exorcist", was awarded a lifetime achievement award by organisers of the Venice film festival.

Friedkins groundbreaking 1973 "Exorcist" won 10 Oscar nominations, scooping two awards.

He also won an Oscar for best director for "The French Connection".

His most recent film, "Killer Joe", a black comedy, was presented at the Venice festival in 2011 and a restored version of his 1977 thriller "Sorcerer" is being shown at the 70th Venice film festival, which started on Wednesday.