Controversial Dox

Matthew's Laws

Marc Schmidt
Screening time  
25.02. / Monday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 4  
Portrait of director’s school friend Matthew, who as an autist strictly follows his own rules of life. With disastrous consequences.

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 stylised 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.


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 initially worked as a sound engineer and video editor on a variety of film projects. He also directed a few short fiction films. 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, a conceptual documentary about a schoolyard, filmed from his balcony and Bidcatcher, a visual impression of an auction, which won the prize for best documentary at the Tampere Film Festival. Currently he is developing The Chimpanzee Complex, about the social process among traumatised chimpanzees.

General sponsor

De Regels van Matthijs

2012, 72', video

Directed by:
Marc Schmidt

Screenplay by:
Marc Schmidt

Marc Schmidt

Edited by:
Katarina Turler

Jasper Boeke

Simone van den Broek, Ingeborg Jansen

Produced by:
Industrious Empire, Basaltfilm

Festivals & Awards:

Visions du Réel 2012 – Grand Prix for Best Feature Film; Dutch Film Festival 2012 – Grand Prix for Best Feature Length Documentary; Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival 2012 -The Merit Prize for Feature-Length Documentary; RIDM 2012 – Grand Prize, Best Editing; Kasselerdokfest 2012 – A38 – Produktions-Stipendium; CPH:DOX 2012