Total Refusal

How to Disappear

short animated film, 2020

How to Disappear is an anti-war movie in the truest sense of the word, looking for the possibility of peace in the unlikeliest of places, 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 film revolves 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.

Photo: Damjan Švarc © ACE KIBLA.

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
Distribution: Lemonade Films