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Red Sorgham, Saturday 10 December, 8.30pm (R)
In 1930s China a young woman is sent by her father to marry the leprous owner of a winery. In the nearby red sorghum fields she falls for one of his servants. When the master dies she finds herself inheriting the isolated business. Starring Li Gong, Wen Jiang and Rujun Ten.


Footnote, Saturday 17 December, 8.10pm (R)
Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak. Starring Shlomo Bar-Aba, Lior Ashkenazi and Aliza Rosen.


A Chinese Ghost Story, Saturday 24 December, 8.30pm (R) 
Ning Tsai-Shen, a humble tax collector, arrives in a small town to carry out his work.  Unsurprisingly, no-one is willing to give him shelter for the night, so he ends up spending the night in the haunted Lan Ro temple.  There, he meets Taoists Swordsman Yen Che-Hsia, who warns him to stay out of trouble, and the beautiful Nieh Hsiao-Tsing, with whom he falls in love.  Unfortunately, Hsiao-Tsing is a ghost, bound for all eternity by a hideous tree spirit with an incredibly long tongue that wraps itself round its victims and sucks out their life essence (or 'yang element').


Housekeeping, Saturday 31 December, 8.30pm (R) 
In the Pacific Northwest during the 1950's, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up the most people's expectations.


Time of the Gypsies, Saturday 07 January, 8.30pm (R)
Set in the area around Sarajevo and in Italy, Perhan, an engaging young Romany (gypsy) with telekinetic powers, is seduced by the quick cash world of petty crime, which threatens to destroy him and those he loves.


Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Saturday 14 January, 8.30pm (R)
An adaptation of the cult memoir of game show impresario Chuck Barris, in which he purports to have been a CIA hitman.


Everything we Loved, Saturday 21 January, 8.30pm (R)
A shy magician coaxes his once happy wife back to life with his greatest illusion, a little boy.  but the loving family they create is threatened when they become hunted as child abductors.  How far would you go to get them back?


The Rules of the Game, Saturday 28 January, 8.30pm (R)
A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau. Starring Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor and Paulette Dubost.


Frost Nixon, Saturday 04 February, 8.20pm (R)
A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talkshow host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.


Before hte Devil Knows you're Dead, Saturday 04 December, 9.05pm
When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax.