London-based Protagonist Pictures has taken world sales rights to first-time feature helmer Michael O’Shea’s The Transfiguration. The horror drama will have its debut in the Un Certain Regard sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival next month.

Set in New York, the pic is billed as an “atmospheric tale about love, loss and vampires.” Newcomer Eric Ruffin stars alongside Chloe Levine, who will be seen in the next season of Netflix’s House Of Cards.

U.S. director O’Shea also wrote the script and collaborated with such talent as DP Sung Rae Cho (Graceland); editor Kathryn Schubert (The Experimenter, Marjorie Prime), and sound designer Coll Anderson (Martha Marcy May Marlene).

Down To The Bone‘s Susan Leber is producer. Executive producers are Daniel Hammond and Lauren McCarthy.

Protagonist is also handling Andrea Arnold’s competition title, American Honey.