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The 56th BFI London Film Festival will screen a total of 225 fiction and documentary features, 111 live action and animated shorts, including 14 World Premieres, 15 International Premieres, and 34 European Premieres.  Tim Burton's 3-D animated "Frankenweenie" will open the festival and Mike Newell's dramatic adaptation of "Great Expectations" with Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes will close the 11 day event, which runs from October 10 to the 21st. Highlights of the festival include the world premiere of Bret Morgan's "Crossfire Hurricane," a documentary spanning fifty years of the Rolling Stones, who are rumored to attend the festival. London will also host Cannes entry Apichatpong Weerasethakul's  "Mekong Hotel," Dustin Hoffman's Toronto directorial debut, "Quartet," and author Salman Rushdie, whose Telluride title "Midnight's Children" is in the Festival's inaugural »

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