Nicole Kidman's latest movie The Interpreter, in which she plays a United Nations translator, is to open New York's Tribeca Film Festival.
The festival, founded by actor Robert De Niro, has been expanded to a 13-day run this year to reflect its growing importance in the film calendar.
The festival will showcase more than 250 films, nearly half of which are independently-funded US films.
The Interpreter, also starring Sean Penn, kicks off the event on April 19. Director Sydney Pollack, who won a lifetime achievement Oscar in 2003, will talk about the film as part of a discussion panel ahead of the screening.
The festival was set up in 2002 to revitalise the downtown district of Manhattan following the September 11 attacks the year before, and has quickly become one of the most fashionable events in the film calendar.