Le monde après nous

The World After Us
Labidi’s Paris flat is so small that there is only room for one bed. The young writer, who has only published a short story so far, and his flatmate Alekseï alternate shifts sleeping in the bed and on a camping mat in front of it. In Lyon, where Labidi’s Tunisian-born mother runs a café with his father, Labidi meets freckle-faced drama student Elisa and immediately he wants to have it all: true love, total commitment and a grand moving in with each other. But his bank balance is the opposite of grand. His publisher is waiting for his first novel but, what with all the loving and part-time jobs, Labidi just can’t seem to make any progress.
In his feature film debut, director Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas takes on the classic themes of French New Wave cinema with unaffected charm and an assured touch. He has succeeded in creating a delightful portrait of a modern generation. These are people with and without a migrant background who meander through their everyday lives, caught between earning money and fulfilling their artistic goals, between intimacy and detachment, between nonchalance and despair, all while smoking – naturellement – one cigarette after another.
by Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas
with Aurélien Gabrielli, Louise Chevillotte, Saadia Bentaïeb, Jacques Nolot, Léon Cunha Da Costa, Mikaël Chirinian, Hyacinthe Blanc, Noémie Schmidt, Isabelle Prim, Grégoire Lagrange
France 2021 French 85’ Colour

Part of the Berlinale Summer Special


  • Aurélien Gabrielli (Labidi )
  • Louise Chevillotte (Elisa)
  • Saadia Bentaïeb (Fatma)
  • Jacques Nolot (Jacques)
  • Léon Cunha Da Costa (Alekseï)
  • Mikaël Chirinian (Vincent)
  • Hyacinthe Blanc (Hyacinthe)
  • Noémie Schmidt (Suzanne)
  • Isabelle Prim (Isabelle)
  • Grégoire Lagrange (Nicolas )


Written and Directed by Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas
Cinematography Amine Berrada
Editing Vincent Tricon
Music Jean-Charles Bastion
Sound Design Elias Boughedir
Sound César Mamoudy
Production Design Julien Salban-Créma
Costumes Lola Cazanas-Ben Salah
Assistant Director Adrien Machado
Producer Olivier Capelli
Executive Producer Olivier Capelli
Co-Producer Laurent Rochette
Co-Production 21 Juin Cinéma Paris

Produced by

Les idiots

Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas

Born in 1988, he grew up in Lyon, France, where he studied political science. After an internship in the culture section of the “Libération” daily newspaper, he turned to filmmaking. His short film Geneva screened at the Festival du Court Métrage in Clermont-Ferrand. Le monde après nous is his debut feature film.


2018 Geneva; short film 2021 Le monde après nous (The World After Us)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021