Directed by Oscar winner Sydney Pollack, whose classic thrillers Three Days of the Condor, Absence of Malice and The Firm have set the standard for the genre, The Interpreter stars Academy Award winners Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn in a suspenseful thriller of international intrigue set inside the political corridors of the United Nations and on the streets of New York.
Nicole Kidman stars as African-born U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome, who inadvertently overhears a death threat against an African head of state scheduled to address the United Nation's General Assembly. Realizing she's become a target of the assassins as well, Silvia's desperate to thwart the plot ... if only she can survive long enough to get someone to believe her. Sean Penn is Tobin Keller, the federal agent charged with protecting the interpreter, who nonetheless suspects she may not be telling the whole truth. Silvia and Tobin, by nature, see life from different points of view: one, a U.N. interpreter, believes in the power and sanctity of words; the other, a Secret Service agent, believes in reading people based on their behavior, no matter what is said.
In the right hallway, at the right time, all it takes is a whisper to tip the balance of power.
From Universal Pictures, The Interpreter - a Working Title Production in association with Misher Films and Mirage Entertainment - is produced by Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Kevin Misher; its writers are Charles Randolph (The Secret Life of David Gale), Scott Frank (Minority Report) and Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List, Gangs of New York). Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich) co-stars. Executive producers are Pollack, Anthony Minghella (Cold Mountain) and G.Mac Brown. Liza Chasin and Debra Hayward co-produce.