"Homo Novus" is based on the classic novel of the same name by Anšlavs Eglītis.
It gives a vivid depiction of rivalry in love and art among the bohemian crowd of 1930s Riga and is also notable among Latvia's literary canon for being extremely funny, a quality that has helped it find a new, modern audience.
The cast includes such stalwart actors as Andrejs Žagars, Guna Zariņa and Gundars Āboliņš as well as what looks like a cameo from singer Intars Busulis.
Homo Novus is the fourth out of six films to be featured in the "Centenary" program and is supported by publicly funded National Film Center, the Culture Capital Foundation and other institutions.
Foreign audiences will be pleased that, at least in the Splendid Palace cinema, Homo Novus will be screened with subtitles in English and Russian.