Opening titles ready to roll on 2012 Leeds International Film Festival

The Shining.
The Shining.
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Buy your popcorn and take your seats – the Leeds International Film Festival will soon be getting under way.

The annual movie extravaganza kicks off with a screening of Argo at Leeds Town Hall on Thursday, November 1.

Starring and directed by Ben Affleck, the comic thriller is being tipped as a possible Oscar winner.

Festival director Chris Fell said: “After launching with The King’s Speech in 2010 and closing with The Artist in 2011, both winners of best film Oscars, [we headline] with another major awards contender this year.

“Our audiences are used to being among the first in the world to see the most talked-about films, and Argo leads an exceptional programme of new delights, discoveries and experiences.”

Other treats include:

* A Stanley Kubrick retrospective featuring new digital print screenings of classics such as 2001:A Space Odyssey and The Shining, below;

* An appearance by leading Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky;

* Screenings of the work of legendary Japanese actress and director Kinuyo Tanaka.

Taking place this year for the 26th time, the festival runs until Sunday, November 18.

Many of the 250 or so screenings will be staged at Leeds Town Hall, with Hyde Park Picture House and the City Varieties Music Hall among the other venues involved.

The festival is being presented by Leeds City Council with support from the MEDIA programme of the European Union and the National Lottery.

Tickets are available from today. They can be bought in person at the city centre box office at the Carriageworks theatre in Millennium Square, by phone on 0113 224 3801 or online at:

* A preview of the festival will be held at Leeds Town Hall from 7pm this evening as part of the Light Night arts event.