Sydney Pollack's intricate, knife's-edge thriller unfolds against our 21st century world of international terror and inside the United Nations' hidden corridors of power. The escalating events begin when African-born U.N. translator 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 eyewitness's 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. Is Silvia a victim? A suspect? Or something else entirely? And can Tobin, coping with his own personal heartache, keep her safe? Though they must depend on one another, Silvia and Tobin couldn't be more different. Silvia's strengths are words, diplomacy and the subtleties of meaning, while Tobin is all about instinct, action and reading into the most primal human behaviors. Now, as the danger of a major assassination on U.S. soil grows and Silvia's life hangs in the balance, Silvia and Tobin play out a gripping dance of evasion and revelation that keeps them both guessing as they race to stop a terrifying international crisis before it's too late.
Sydney Pollack's (director, executive producer) 19 films have received 46 Academy Award® nominations including three for Pollack for Best Director, and two for Best Picture. His film Out of Africa won seven Oscars®, including Best Picture and Best Director for Pollack. Pollack's films also include Random Hearts, Sabrina, The Firm, Tootsie, Absence of Malice, The Electric Horseman, Three Days of the Condor, The Way We Were, Jeremiah Johnson, and They Shoot Horses, Don't They?. Pollack won the New York Film Critics' Award for his 1982 film Tootsie and the David di Donatello Award for Three Days of the Condor. He also won the Golden Globe for Best Director twice, the National Society of Film Critics' Award, the NATO Director of the Year Award, and prizes from the Brussels, Belgrade, San Sebastian, Moscow, and Taormina film festivals. He served as President of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival and was honored by the French Government with the Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres.