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‘Famous’ opening for London fest

Event runs short on world premieres

LONDON — Opening with Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous” and closing with David Kane’s “Born Romantic,” the 44th London Film Festival (Nov. 1-16) has expanded to include a program of 196 features and 65 shorts.

As usual, the fest is short on world premieres, focusing instead on offering to London audiences the highlights from the worldwide festival circuit of the past year.

There will be gala screenings of David Mamet’s “State and Main,” Woody Allen’s “Small Time Crooks,” Philip Kaufman’s “Quills,” Gurinder Chadha’s “What’s Cooking,” James Gray’s “The Yards,” Bruce Paltrow’s “Duets,” Jonathan Glazer’s “Sexy Beast” and Dominik Moll’s “Harry, He’s Here to Help.”

The Evening Standard Festival on Square is devoted to more populist fare, mostly from the U.S., including Rod Lurie’s “The Contender,” Gregory Mosher’s “The Prime Gig” and Greg Berlanti’s “The Broken Hearts Club.”

There will be an international royal charity premiere of the Warner documentary “Into the Arms of Strangers.” Stephen Frears’ “Liam” has been selected as the centerpiece screening of the British section.

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