IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to director Mary Harrons gothic film The Moth Diaries, presented by Alliance Films and Edward R. Pressman. Harron previously helmed American Psycho, this time she’s adapting a novel by Rachel Klein. Scripted by Harron, the film stars Lily Cole, Sarah Gadon, Sarah Bolger, and Scott Speedman. Karine Martin and David Collins.
The Moth Diaries played earlier this year at the 2011 Toronto and Venice International Film Festivals.
The synopsis goes like this: Adolescence is and always will be a time of intense emotional confusion, especially if you spend it in a closed environment. That’s the case with Rebecca (Bolger), a young girl haunted by her father’s suicide, who is a student at an exclusive female boarding school. She pours her heart out in a diary, much of it focused on Lucy, her beloved roommate. Their relationship changes drastically with the arrival of a mysterious new student, Ernessa (Cole). As Lucy abandons her for this new girl, Rebecca becomes consumed with thoughts of jealousy and suspicion–Ernessa is dangerous, evil, a vampire. Is there any truth to all this or is Rebecca slipping into insanity?