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22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

Homo Novus

2018, Anna Viduleja, Latvia, 123 min.
Igors Šelegovskis, Kristīne Krūze

Show Times

  • Sun, Mar 24th 5:30pm
  • Wed, Mar 27th 6:00pm

A Roaring Thirties spirit has the capital Riga in its grip, and the city’s poor-but-lively artists are steeped in hedonism when aspiring painter Juris (Šelegovskis) steps off a train from the countryside, prepared to find fame and fortune. Director Viduleja blends rivalry and revelry with superb period recreation, in a romantic romp of intrigue and one-upmanship, based on the novel by painter/writer Anslaus Eglitis. A scheming critic takes Juris under his wing, and engineers a face-off with another artist--talentless but dapper socialite Zibeika, whose father has bequeathed his entire estate to the future winner of a painting competition. Juris ekes out a living at the art academy, teaching nude drawing to an all-female class, and many a young lovely has him in her sights. Meanwhile, Zibeika’s intended, a sculptor, may provide serious competition in the realm of romance. In Latvian with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of Film Angels Productions. (BS)

Before the Sunday, March 24 screening, there will be a brief introduction to the film by Liga Ejups, Director of Cultural Affairs for the American Latvian Association, who holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago.

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