Lucca Film Fest to Honor William Friedkin

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The Oscar-winning director also will be the subject of a documentary shot during the festival, exploring Puccini’s music.

William Friedkin will be a guest of honor at the Lucca Film Festival this year. The Oscar-winning director of The French Connection (1971) will receive a lifetime achievement award as well as a career retrospective at the festival, held in the picturesque Tuscan town.

The Lucca fest will screen Friedkin's best-known works, including French Connection and The Exorcist (1973), as well as some of his newer features including Bug (2009) and Killer Joe (2011). The filmmaker also will give a masterclass for Lucca participants during the event.

The festival will take advantage of Friedkin's attendance to produce, in collaboration with the Fondazione Giacomo Puccini, an hourlong television documentary exploring the director's relationship with the famous Italian composer, who was born in Lucca.

Friedkin has directed Puccini’s operas for the Washington National Opera and the LA Opera. The doc is planned as the first in a series offered by the fest to explore the relationship between film and Puccini's music.

As previously announced, the Lucca Film Festival will also honor zombie-film maestro George Romero with a lifetime achievement prize. The event is set to run April 3-10.