Venice Film Fest to honour Exorcist director

2013-08-29 16:39
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Venice - The Venice Film Festival was to honour US director William Friedkin, of The Exorcist fame, on Thursday and show the first three of the 20 films running for the top Golden Lion award.

Friedkin was expected to be in Venice on his 78th birthday to receive a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. The festival is also screening a digitally restored version of his 1977 work, Sorcerer.

In the main competition, Italian theatre director Emma Dante was expected to make her film debut with Via Castellana Bandiera, about a traffic stand-off between two women in Palermo, Sicily.

Tracks, by Australian director John Curran, stars Mia Wasikowska and is about a woman who travelled 2 700km across the Australian desert, accompanied by her dog and four camels.

Germany's Philip Groening was to present The Police Officer's Wife, a three-hour drama about wife abuse.

The festival's out-of-competition offerings include Summer 82: When Zappa Came to Sicily, a documentary on the gig the US rocker played in Palermo, and Home from Home - Chronicle of a Vision, the latest episode of the Heimat saga by German film-maker Edgar Reitz.

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