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LONDON — Protagonist Pictures has taken on worldwide sales rights to first-time filmmaker Michael O’Shea’s debut film “The Transfiguration,” which will have its world premiere in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival next month.

O’Shea wrote and directed this atmospheric New York tale about love, loss… and vampires. The film stars newcomer Eric Ruffin alongside Chloe Levine, who made her film debut in Hilary Brougher’s thriller “Innocence,” and has been cast in the next season of Netflix’s “House of Cards.”

The film is produced by Susan Leber, whose credits include Sundance winner “Down to the Bone,” directed by Debra Granik, and Ti West’s first feature “The Roost.” She was also supervising producer on Gillian Robespierre’s comedy hit “Obvious Child.”

The pic was shot by Sung Rae Cho, who also shot the critically acclaimed “Graceland.” The editor was Kathryn Schubert (Michael Almereyda’s “The Experimenter” and “Marjorie Prime”), and the sound designer is Coll Anderson (“James White,” “The Host,” “Martha Marcy May Marlene”). Executive producers are Daniel Hammond and Lauren McCarthy.

O’Shea’s attorney is Marios Rush of Marks Law Group.

“Our entire team was knocked out by ‘The Transfiguration,’” said Protagonist CEO Mike Goodridge. “It’s a wildly original and surprising film that marks major new talents in Michael O’Shea and his wonderful lead actor Eric Ruffin. We think the film will grab a lot of attention in Cannes.”

In addition to “The Transfiguration,” Protagonist will arrive on the Croisette with a second film in official selection — Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey,” which will screen in the main competition.