William Friedkin will be honored at this years Venice International Film Festival with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. This is the 70th year for the festival which will take place from August 28th - September 7th.
Oscar Award winner Friedkin is known for films such as "The French Connection," "The Exorcist" and "Killer Joe" among others. The festival will screen a restored version of his 1977 film "Sorcerer," which he has said is his most personal film. Friedkin was personally recommended by the festivals Director, Alberto Barbera.
Friedkin stated, “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."