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Friedkin Uncut

Venice Classics Documentary Films

Francesco Zippel
Quoiat Films (Federica Paniccia, Francesco Zippel)
Running Time:
English, Italian
Main Cast:
William Friedkin, Ellen Burstyn, Gina Gershon, Juno Temple, Wes Anderson, Dario Argento, Samuel Blumenfeld, Damien Chazelle (and others)
Francesco Zippel
Carlo Alberto Orecchia, Giuliano Graziani, Dado Carillo, Marco Tomaselli, Powell Robinson
Mariaromana Casiraghi
Costanza Francavilla
Visual Effects:
Giorgia Capoccia (Gfx designer)


Friedkin Uncut offers an introspective glimpse of the life and artistic career of William Friedkin, the extraordinary and unconventional director of cult movies such as The French Connection, The Exorcist, Sorcerer, Cruising and To Live and Die in L.A. For the first time Friedkin has decided to lay himself bare and guide viewers on a fascinating exploration of the themes and stories that have had the greatest influence on his life and his work.
The title of the documentary reflects at one and the same time Friedkin’s candor and eccentricity, elements that have contributed over time to the shaping of his exceptional skills as a storyteller. But Friedkin is not alone in this long and impassioned narration. A “stellar” cast of friends and collaborators have chosen to take part in this film, which from a simple tribute is transformed as the minutes pass into a genuine study in which great directors, extraordinary actors and even celebrated conductors join Friedkin to reflect on the significance of being artists and on the beauty of bringing yourself into question in the name of an artistic calling experienced in the authentic dimension of a work. A work which requires you to call on all of your talent.

Director’s Statement

Can the director of one of the most terrifying movies in the history of the cinema also be one of the most amusing and intriguing people you are ever likely to meet? Yes, if the person in question is William Friedkin. An ironic, intelligent and deeply unconventional man, capable of passing through decades of life and great cinema with the consciously light touch of a boy. This is what I wanted to try to get across the day on which I found myself on the point of asking him the first question. Never would I have imagined that the same sentiment was shared by the many great artists who would help me put together this absolutely “uncut” account. One of the finest human and professional experiences of my life.


PRODUCTION: Quoiat Films Srl
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00152, Roma - Italy
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WORLD SALES: Daniela Elstner- Doc Film International
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ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Lucrezia Viti, Livia delle Fratte - PRESSPRESS
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