Synopsis by Bhob Stewart
Wang Guangli made his directorial debut with this short (66 minutes) Chinese drama focusing on Beijing bars where filmmakers and artists convene. After impoverished painter Jinian (Ye You) is injured in a bar brawl, the film then moves into a Betrayal (1983) mode, working its way backward in time to eventually become totally self-referential, depicting Jinian as a film director making this very same 66-minute Maiden Work, casting actors and scouting locations with a zero budget. Paintings by Ye You are seen throughout. Shown at the 1998 Vancouver Film Festival.