The American regional-cinema movement got a boost from overseas when this 1978 drama, shot in black-and-white by writer-directors John Hanson and Rob Nilsson, won the Camera d’Or (for best debut feature) at the Cannes film festival. The unearthed diary of a Norwegian farmer frames a feature-length flashback in which he struggles to make ends meet growing wheat in the unforgiving climes of Crosby, North Dakota, in 1915; screwed at every turn by the banks and railroads, the farmer (Robert Behling) throws in with the socialist Nonpartisan League and tries to organize his neighbors against corporate interests. John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath seems like the obvious inspiration here, in both its proletarian sentiment and its primal arrangement of characters against the harsh landscape. With Joe Spano (later of Hill Street Blues).