Matthew's Laws
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    Matthew's Laws

    De regels van Matthijs

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    72 min

    • Dutch


    Director Marc Schmidt films his childhood friend Matthew, who, due to his autistic disorder, desperately tries to create order in the chaos around him. Schmidt follows him close to the heart. Explosive confrontations with the outside world are alternated with stylized observations and personal confessions. Little by little the film unravels Matthew’s complex way of thinking and shows the catastrophic consequences it eventually has for him.


    • Grand Prix / International Feature Competition - Visions du Réel
    • Merit Prize - Taiwan International Documentary Festival
    • Best Editing in an International Feature, Grand Prize for Best International Feature - Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montréal
    • Special Mention - Camerimage IFF, Poland


    Marc Schmidt
    Marc Schmidt
    Aage Hollander
    Katarina Türler
    Jasper Boeke


    A journey into the world of autism...

    Martin Blaney, Screen Daily

    An opportunity to experience friendship and self-determination in the face of society’s demands from a unique point of view.

    Visions du Réel

    Marc Schmidt

    Marc Schmidt


    Marc Schmidt (1970) works as an independent director and location sound mixer of documentary films. After studies in film theory (Utrecht University) and media arts (Tilburg Art Academy), he started as a sound engineer and video editor on a variety of film projects. He also directed a few short fiction films. But directing documentaries raised his interest, and gradually became his main occupation. The role of social codes in our lives is a recurrent theme in his work. Among his films are SCHOOLYARD (2005), a conceptual documentary focused on a schoolyard, filmed from his balcony and BIDCATCHER (2007), a visual impression of an auction, which won the prize for best documentary at the Tampere Filmfestival. His latest documentary IN THE ARMS OF MORPHEUS (2019) premieres in competition at KVIFF 2019.

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