Venice film festival gives lifetime award to Friedkin
VENICE (AFP) - United States film-maker William Friedkin, who petrified cinema-goers with The Exorcist, was awarded a lifetime achievement award by organisers of the Venice film festival on Thursday.
Friedkin's 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.
The festival organisers, in awarding Friedkin, 78, the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, lauded the Chicago-born director, producer and screenwriter for "basically inventing the modern blockbuster".