VENICE: William Friedkin, the US film director who scared up a fright with “The Exorcist” and set pulses racing with thriller “The French Connection” in the 1970s, will get a lifetime achievement award from the Venice Film Festival, organisers said. Friedkin, 77, will also present a restored version of his initially poorly received but now acclaimed 1977 film “Sorcerer” at the August 28-September 7 festival in the Italian city. Venice film festival director Alberto Barbera said that Friedkin had made major contributions to US cinema “the revolutionary impact of which has not always been recognised.”–Reuters