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Nicole Kidman dazzles U.N. diplomats
Updated: 2004-04-27 15:26

Movie star Nicole Kidman dazzled the world's top diplomats when she took time outfrom making the first commercial film at United Nationsheadquarters to mingle with ambassadors and U.N. officials.

Facing a crush of about 500 guests, Kidman, an Australian, and director Sydney Pollack, a New Yorker, were feted at a cocktail party on Monday night in the U.N. General Assemblylobby hosted by Australia's U.N. ambassador John Dauth and its New York consul-general, Kenneth Allen.

The reclusive Sean Penn, co-star of the film "The Interpreter," stayed away from the reception, presumably because the press was invited, U.N. sources said.

The movie is the first permitted on U.N. premises after Secretary-General Kofi Annan was persuaded it would be seen by millions of people the organization could never reach otherwise and would not conflict with U.N. values.

Oscar-winner Kidman said making a movie at the United Nations was not that much different from other sets, but the experience was rewarding, although being restricted to filmingon weekends was somewhat unique.

Kidman plays a U.N. interpreter from a fictitious African nation who overhears an assassination plot against her troubled country's leader and becomes a target herself. Penn plays asecret service agent mistrustful of her claims. "It is a wonderful script, wonderful characters, believe me," Kidman said after the ceremony.

"It's an alternative to violence," said Pollack, whose 200-member crew floods U.N. headquarters each weekend. "I hope it is going to justify your trust in giving us this place," he told the ambassadors.

The movie is due to open in November.

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