The Interpreter: Between speeches on Iraq, Afghanistan or the Middle East, the United Nations probably will allow director Sydney Pollack to make a feature film on its premises. Chile's U.N. ambassador, this month's Security Council president, said on Tuesday he was asked by a senior U.N. official for his consent. He said the only query in the 15-member council came from his Spanish colleague, Ambassador Inocencio Arias, who wondered how one became an extra.

The movie The Interpreter is to star Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn, Munoz said. Kidman would play a Kenyan-born U.N. interpreter who overhears an assassination plot, becomes a target herself and helps stop the killing of an African leader addressing the U.N. General Assembly.

The United Nations usually turns down feature filming on its premises, and staff could not recall when the body last gave permission. It rejected Alfred Hitchcock's overtures to shoot part of the 1959 film North by Northwest which had several scenes of U.N. lounges.

Munoz said U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan had given permission in principle and that the conclusion of The Interpreter was consistent "with U.N. values."