One of the landmarks of American independent film, NORTHERN LIGHTS won the Caméra d’Or (best-directed first feature) at the Cannes Film Festival. An old man (played by 94-year-old Henry Martinson, an actual participant in the dramatized events) turns the pages of a brittle diary, and we’re back in the winter of 1915, as Robert Behling crisscrosses a bleak North Dakota in his Model T to drum up support for the Nonpartisan League against the trust-held grain elevators, trains, and banks that constantly threaten foreclosure. Shot on the proverbial shoestring in temperatures that hit 40 below, with a cast largely of non-professional locals and North Dakotans, apart from Behling, onscreen fiancée Susan Lynch, and pesky friend Joe Spano. (95 mins.)
NORTHERN LIGHTS screens Friday, April 18 at 7pm and Sunday, April 20 at 7pm in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).
Tickets are available online or at the door.