Trailer How to Disappear


How to Disappear

a film byTotal Refusal (Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf)
Country: Austria
Year: 2020
Length: 21'

Stills / Portrait Regie

“How to Disappear” is an anti-war movie in the true sense of the word, searching for possibilities for peace in the most unlikely place of an online war game. It’s a tribute to disobedience and desertion - in both digital and physical-real warfare.
Shot in the picturesque war landscapes of “Battlefield V”, the hyperreal graphics become the backdrop for an essay-like narrative. The filmrevolves around the history of deserters - a part of human history, which has hardly been illuminated. Performances and creative interventions explore the scopes and limits of the audiovisual entertainment machine.

1. Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival (Germany, February 2020)
2. Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg (Germany, March 2020)
3. One World Film Festival (Czech Republic, March 2020)*
4. True/False Film Festival (USA, March 2020)
5. Diagonale - Festival of Austrian Film (Austria, March 2020)* - Best Short Documentary Award of the Diözese Graz-Seckau
6. Go Short International Short Film Festival Nijmegen (Netherlands, April 2020)
7. Crossing Europe (Austria, autumn 2020)
8. Festival Internacional de Cine de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain, April 2020)*
9. Vienna Shorts (Austria, May 2020) - Special Mention Austrian Competition
10. Pyeongchang International Peace Film Festival (South Korea, June 2020)
11. Signes de Nuit International Film Festival (Thailand, July 2020) - Edward Snowden Award for Short Film
12. Kyiv International Short Film Festival
(Ukraine, August 2020)
13. dotdotdot Open Air Short Film Festival
(Austia, August 2020)
14. Short Waves Film Festival (Poland, August 2020)
15. Glasgow Short Film Festival (UK, August 2020)
16. Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer (Russia, August 2020)
17. New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival (Russia, August 2020)
18. Concorto Film Festival (Italy, August 2020)
19. Der Neue Heimatfilm (Austria, August 2020)
20. Wiz-Art Lviv International Short Film Festival (Ukraine, August 2020)
21. Dokufest (Kosovo, August 2020)
22. Filmfest Dresden (Germany, September 2020)
23. Animafest Zagreb (Croatia, September 2020)
24. 25 FPS International Experimental and Video Festival  (Croatia, September 2020)
25. FIDBA, International Documentary Film Festival Buenos Aires (Argentina, September 2020)
26. Shorts/Salon (Germany, September 2020)
27. Ars Electronica (Austria, September 2020)
28. Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival (Portugal, October 2020)
29. Bucheon International Animation Film Festival (South Korea, October 2020)
30. Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market (Japan, October 2020)

zelWen: Franz-Josef Windisch-Graetz
Brozgar: Dmitry Gamolin

Direction/ scriptwriting/ production: Total Refusal (Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner, Michael Stumpf)
Text: Robin Klengel, Michael Stumpf
Cinematography: Michael Stumpf
Sound recording: Michael Stumpf
Sound design: Bernhard Zorzi (Blautöne)
Editing: Leonhard Müllner
Music: Adina Camhy
Production design: DICE
Title design: Michael Stumpf
Subtitles: Franz-Josef Windisch-Graetz

* Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the festival was postponed or cancelled