Beanie Feldstein Comedy ‘How To Build A Girl’ Acquired by IFC Films

Movie premiered at TIFF, where it won the FIPRESCI Special Presentations award

How to Build a Girl

IFC Films has acquired the North American rights to the Beanie Feldstein-led comedy “How To Build A Girl.”

The movie, which is directed by Coky Giedroyć, is based on the best-selling autobiographical novel by Caitlin Moran. Here’s the official synopsis for the film: Johanna Morrigan (Feldstein) is a sixteen-year-old, extrovert from the outskirts of Wolverhampton with raging hormones and gigantic dreams. Even though she loves her big, boisterous family, Johanna yearns to get out and make a name for herself – which she does, reinventing herself as revered and feared music journalist, Dolly Wilde. But as her critical savagery brings her greater and greater success, the lines between Johanna Morrigan and Dolly Wilde begin to haze. She has finally figured out how to build a girl – but is this the girl she wanted to build? “How to Build a Girl” is an irreverent coming-of-age comedy about what it’s really like to be a girl.

Along with Feldstein, the film stars Paddy Considine, Alfie Allen, Emma Thompson, Chris O’Dowd, Sarah Solemani, Laurie Kynaston, Frank Dillane and Arinze Kene.

“How to Build a Girl” premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, where it snagged the FIPRESCI Special Presentations award. It will be released by IFC in 2020.

The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco EVP of Acquisitions and Productions of IFC Films with Endeavor Content on behalf of the filmmakers. Protagonist Pictures are handling worldwide sales, and as previously announced, Lionsgate will be distributing in the UK.

“How to Build a Girl” is produced by Alison Owen and Debra Hayward. Executive producers include Daniel Battsek, Ollie Madden and Sue Bruce-Smith for Film4, Tim Headington and Lia Buman for Tango, Zygi Kamasa and Emma Berkofsky for Lionsgate, and Caitlin Moran.

“We are overjoyed to release ‘How to Build a Girl’ and work with the impressive list of women in front of and behind the camera,” Arianna Bocco of IFC Films said. “Caitlin Moran is a supremely talented writer with such a unique and distinct voice and we can’t wait to share this film and Beanie’s performance with American audiences.”

“Monumental Pictures and the ‘How to Build a Girl’ team are beyond thrilled to be working with the IFC team,” Alison Owen added. “Their incredible track record and deep understanding of our film led us to conclude they are the perfect partners to take our precious ‘Girl’ on the next step of her journey.”

Deadline first reported that IFC had acquired the film.