New York Film Locations

The Interpreter (2005)

Last Updated: April 2015

Escalating events begin when U.N. interpreter Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) alleges that she has overheard a death threat against an African head of state, spoken in a rare dialect few people other than Silvia can understand. With the words "The Teacher will never leave this room alive," in an instant, Silvia's life is turned upside down as she becomes a hunted target of the killers. Placed under the protection of federal agent Tobin Keller (Sean Penn), Silvia's world only grows more nightmarish. As Keller digs deeper into his eyewitnesses' past and her secretive world of global connections, the more suspicious he becomes that she herself might be involved in the conspiracy. With every step of the way, he finds more reasons to mistrust her.

otsoNY Comments: This is the first film ever to be shot inside the United Nations Headquarters. Locations include the General Assembly and the Security Council, as well as regular corridors and hallways of the complex. The cast and crew filmed on weekends in order not to disrupt the regular work week of the Organization. Some of the extras in the film, scenes in the General Assembly, the Security Council and in the security camera footage are actual U.N. staff members, who were allowed to participate after signing the usual waivers.

United Nations Headquarters, 1st Avenue (btw 42nd and 48th streets) Manhattan.


Silvia Broome's Apartment, 128 East 10th Street and Stuyvesant Street, Manhattan.


United Nations Gardens, 1st Avenue and 48th street, Manhattan.

Queensboro Bridge, East 59th Street (btw Manhattan and Queens).



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