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The Transfiguration

This atmospheric, intricate study of a troubled young mind, follows an orphaned teen as he immerses himself in vampire lore to escape his unsettled life.

In Queens, New York, 14 year old Milo (Eric Ruffin) is a total outsider. Ignored by his schoolmates and bullied by older kids, he takes refuge in the apartment he shares with his older brother. To escape his solitude, he studies vampire mythology, to the point of obsession. Yet Milo hides a terrible secret, and a chance encounter with his neighbour Sophie (Chloe Levine) leads him to develop new feelings. But will it be enough to quash his dark urges?

Writer/director Michael O’Shea’s debut took Cannes 2016 by storm. A bold, unusual take on the classic coming of age tale - with nods toward George A Romero’s Martin and Thomas Alfredson’s Let The Right One In - this slow burner's bite may be quiet but it certainly leaves its mark.