It’s forty years since William Friedkin’s The French Connection beat the illustrious likes of Bertolucci’s The Conformist and Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange to win five Oscars at the 44th Academy Awards. So what better way to commemorate this than with an exclusive showing of the classic crime drama at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse? How about an exclusive showing of the classic crime drama at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse, followed by a Q&A with the director himself, too?
This classic film, which is a fictionalisation of New York’s biggest ever drugs raid, stars Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider, and earned Friedkin the Best Director Academy Award. Friedkin, who will be here in Auld Reekie for the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the première of his latest film, Killer Joe, will be able to answer any questions the audience may have about his career spanning four decades. This is a rare opportunity for Friedkin fans and film aficionados alike to exorcise those curious Q&A demons, asking what has inspired Friedkin’s creations.