Xcèntric Focus

Jorge Honik. «El inmortal» and «Passacaglia y fuga» by Pablo Marín

July-August 2021

Pablo Marín, film critic and cineaste, presents El inmortal and Passacaglia y fuga. With a Super-8 camera as his main tool, the self-taught filmmaker Jorge Honik, in collaboration with Laura Abel, has made two films in which material limitations are no obstacle to showing the epic dimensions that can be achieved by cinema. These films, which are free adaptations of a short story by Jorge Luis Borges and a composition by Johann Sebastian Bach, respectively, resist naturalism to display a rarefied universe, using techniques such as frame-by-frame animation and in-camera editing.

El inmortal, Jorge Honik, Argentina, 1968, Super-8, 6 min 41 s

Passacaglia y fuga, Jorge Honik and Laura Abel, Argentina, 1975, Super-8, 18 min 17 s

These films were available during the months of July and August 2021. Digital copies courtesy of Jorge Honik.

Special thanks to the Catalan Association of Film Criticism and Writing (ACCEC). Xcèntric Focus header clip fragment courtesy of Laida Lertxundi (Farce Sensationelle, 2009).