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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 03.09.17] horror vampires

Perhaps one of the more interesting titles selected for last year's Cannes Festival was Michael O'Shea's indie film The Transfiguration. It's not uncommon for debut features to make the cut at the prestigious festival but it's not often that an American indie vampire movie makes the cut.

Selected to play as part of the Un Certain Regard section, O'Shea's movie stars Eric Ruffin as Milo, a bullied teen who finds solace in vampire lore. "When he meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo's dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into reality."

The trailer for O'Shea's movie is more in the tradition of something like George A. Romero's Martin than any of the flashy interpretations of the last few years and that's a nice change. It's also nice to see an African American character interact with vampirism; it's not exactly a trope which features a lot of ethnic diversity - at least not in the movies.

The Transfiguration is scheduled to play at SXSW ahead of a limited theatrical release. It opens in New York on April 7 and LA on April 21.

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