0,10114,5000842,00.jpgIs it just me, or does Nicole Kidman look a little weird? Kind of like she's been shrink-wrapped?

Tonight the 2005 Tribeca Film Festival got to its official start with a screening of Sydney Pollack's The Interpreter, starring Kidman and Sean Penn. The premiere actually took place nowhere near Tribeca, but at the Ziegfeld Theater on 54th Street; the stars and selected lucky others adjourned to an after party at the nearby new MoMA.

There are 250 films screening at this year's festival; very few of them are as star-studded as this, for which, as you've heard ad infinitum, Pollack was given special permission to shoot inside the United Nations. I think it's safe to say that The Interpreter is the only Tribeca film whose production managed to bend international law; although, from I hear, The Power of Nightmares could very well be in volation of The Patriot Act.

It seems at times that Tribeca's curatorial eyes are bigger than what any conceivable spectator could stomache; that said, there are quite a few films this year that I can't wait to see. Among them: Gregg Araki's Mysterious Skin; The Baxter, a romantic comedy from Michael Showalter of The State; and the reissue of My Sister Eileen, starring Jack Lemmon, Bob Fosse, and Janet Leigh.

Our first Tribeca review, of the rather brilliant Chilean film Play, is already up, and there will soon be many more. I am, as they say, "on the scene" here in Lower Manhattan, and I'll be talking to filmmakers, reviewing films, and covering events here at Cinematical for the next two weeks - so check back often for updates.