Bastien Daret



Bastien Daret joined the screenwriting Department of La Fémis in 2009.
He collaborated to MONTPARNASSE BIENVENUE, directed by Leonor Serraille (winner of the Caméra d’or in 2017) and cowrote LES AFFAMéS, directed by Léa Frédeval (Studio Canal, Les Films du clan, 2018).
He is currently writing several feature films (for SND, Easy Tiger, Franklin Films, Tabo Tabo…) and working on a few TV series, including the adaptation of Leïla Slimani’s LE PAYS DES AUTRES.


The Dancing Plague

Growing up in the small town of Le Gouray, Brittany, MICHEL dreamt of being a magician. Instead, he became a small-time hustler, convinced that his time would come. He has
a son, ANTHONY (17), who worships him even though (or because) he hardly ever sees him. One summer, after a long streak of bad luck, Michel has to return to his hometown, where his sister FRANÇOISE still lives. As he sets foot in this place he hates, Michel is unaware that his worst nightmare is about to come true: because of a mysterious pandemic, he is forced to stay in Le Gouray as the city is placed under lockdown. Indeed, an unknown virus is spreading at great speed and people who catch it start dancing, uncontrollably, until they die from exhaustion or heart failure.
Against all odds, Michel sees the situation as an opportunity to do business and to become the great man he’s always wanted to be. Even if it means losing his son Anthony, who will see his true colours for the first time.