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Here Are The True Crime Premieres We’re Dying To See At The Tribeca Film Festival

Ahead of the 20th annual Tribeca Film Festival, here are the true-crime and crime fiction titles we're excited to see.

By Jax Miller
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The Tribeca Film Festival is going full speed ahead, one year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the festival's cancellation. New Yorkers, and film lovers everywhere, are sharing in the excitement in the days leading to the iconic event on its 20th anniversary. Starting Wednesday, June 9, the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival will begin screening films, including some that had been slated to premiere last year. With a commitment to bringing diversity onto the big screen, and behind it, the true-crime and crime fiction genres continue to dominate the spotlight in film culture. 

Here are the premieres we are excited to see.

“The Phantom"

Directed by U.K. documentarian Patrick Forbes, “The Phantom” (pictured above) is a culturally relevant feature that focuses on a young Latino man charged with a 1983 stabbing murder in Texas. The film, which will be available online-only as part of the festival’s newly launched digital platform, will feature interviews and expert statements that beg the question: was 21-year-old Carlos DeLuna guilty of murder? Or was there another suspect altogether?

Showtimes: Streaming only: available starting Monday, June 14, at 6:00 p.m.

“No Man of God"

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While there seems to be no shortage of Ted Bundy films out there, “No Man of God” is taking a new approach. The film, directed by Amber Sealey, takes us into the one-on-one conversations between the infamous serial killer (Luke Kirby) and F.B.I. Analyst Bill Hagmaier (Elijah Wood) at the dawn of criminal profiling. The feature-length film is based on the real-life transcripts of interviews conducted in a Florida prison between 1984 and 1989. The Tribeca Film Festival promises this to be the “most sober and psychologically intricate look at the killer’s story yet.”

Showtimes: Friday, June 11, 8:00 p.m. at Pier 76 in Hudson River Park. Streaming available starting Monday, June 14, 6:00 p.m. 

“No Sudden Move”

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Directed by Steven Soderbergh, “No Sudden Move” is an HBO Max crime thriller set in 1954 Detroit, featuring a star-studded cast that includes Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Hamm, and more. A simple heist goes sideways for a group of small-time criminals hired to steal a document. What follows is a quest to find out who hired them and why.

Showtimes: Friday, June 18, 8:00 p.m. at The Battery.

“Catch The Fair One” 

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The revenge thriller “Catch The Fair One,” directed by Josef Wladyka and produced by Darren Aronofsky, centers on a Native American woman, played by real-life U.S. Boxing champion Kali Reis, as she sets out to find her missing sister. The former boxer gets into the fight of her life, as she becomes enmeshed in a sex trafficking ring to find the man responsible for her sister’s disappearance. 

Showtimes: Sunday, June 13, 8:00 p.m. at Hudson Yards Public Square and Gardens. Streaming available Monday, June 14, 6:00 p.m.

“The Ballad of A White Cow”

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Making its North American debut, “The Ballad of A White Cow” is an Iranian film directed by Behtash Sanaeeha and Maryam Moqaddam. A multi-layered feature, described by the Tribeca Film Festival as “beautifully simple filmmaking,” it's a story about a widow who finds out that her husband is innocent of the crime he was executed for. The film is a look at capital punishment, injustice, and a woman’s quiet revenge.

Showtimes: Sunday, June 20, 5:00 p.m. at Pier 76 in Hudson River Park

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