Acclaimed Queens-Set Vampire Fable 'The Transfiguration' Will Make Its North American Premiere at SXSW
Photo Credit: Eric Ruffin in "The Transfiguration"

Acclaimed Queens-Set Vampire Fable 'The Transfiguration' Will Make Its North American Premiere at SXSW


Strand Releasing previously announced its acquisition of USA distribution rights to Michael O’Shea’s 2016 Cannes Film Festival selection, “The Transfiguration,” the filmmaker’s feature film directorial debut which made its world premiere at the world’s most prestigious film festival last year.

The much-anticipated critically-acclaimed film is now finally set to make its North American premiere at the 24th edition of the SXSW Film Festival, which runs from March 10-19, 2017 in Austin, Texas.

Sold by Protagonist Pictures at Toronto, the critically-acclaimed horror film stars newcomer Eric Ruffin, alongside Chloe Levine, in a New York City-set story of “love, loss and obsession,” as the film is described. The story follows a teenage outsider (Ruffin) who takes refuge from bullies in the apartment he shares with his older brother, where he immerses himself in the world of vampires. A chance encounter with a new neighbor (Levine) leads him to develop new feelings but it may not be enough to quash his dark urges.

Cryptic. Obviously, given the title (and poster below), we can assume that someone (or something) goes through some kind of metamorphosis, physical or otherwise.

Eric Ruffin in "The Transfiguration"
Eric Ruffin in “The Transfiguration”

If star Eric Ruffin looks familiar, it may be because he appeared in several episodes of CBS’ “The Good Wife,” playing Dylan Bishop, son of powerful Chicago drug lord Lemond Bishop, who was played by Mike Colter (“Luke Cage”).

Susan Leber – whose credits include Sundance winner “Down to the Bone” directed by Debra Granik and Ti West’s first feature “The Roost” – is the film’s producer.

“Mr. O’Shea’s film is a unique hybrid that audiences and critics will be compelled by,” said Strand Releasing’s Jon Gerrans in a previous statement.

Strand hasn’t set a USA release date for the film at this time. But those attending SXSW in March will get an early look at the film before its commercial release.

No trailer for “The Transfiguration” yet but there is a clip from the film, which you can watch below: