26th edition runs Nov 1-18, presenting 167 feature films.

Ben Affleck’s based on real life thriller Argo [pictured] has been announced as the opening gala of the 26th Leeds International Film Festival, which runs Nov 1-18.

Affleck’s third film as director is one of 167 feature films to be screened at this year’s festival, which will close with Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner Amour. Other films screening in the Official Selection include Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths and Kim Nguyen’s War Witch.

There will be four other strands at this year’s edition: Retrospectives, which will celebrate Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky, Japanese actress and filmmaker Kinuyo Tanaka and director Stanley Kubrick; Fanomenon, the festival’s cult section screening the likes of Ben Wheatley’s Sightseers, Brandon Cronenburg’s Antiviral and horror anthology V/H/S; documentary strand Cinema Versa, which will host the UK premiere of Charles Bradley: Soul of America; and Short Film City with more than 60 shorts in competition.

The festival is presented by Leeds City Council with support from the MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the National Lottery through the British Film Institute and Creative England. For more information, visit the festival’s website.