Kidman to be honoured at NY Film Festival
Nicole Kidman. Picture: AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, file.

Nicole Kidman will be honoured at the 50th New York Film Festival in October.

The Australian actress has been chosen as the festival's first-ever honouree, it was announced on Tuesday.

The New York Film Festival, which runs from September 28-October 14, has introduced the tributes to the festival this year to celebrate the work of those in movies who've made significant artistic contributions to film culture.

"Nicole Kidman is one of film's finest contemporary actresses," the Film Society's Richard Pena says in a statement on the NYFF's website.

"Since her breakthrough performance in To Die For and her bold and provocative appearances in Lars Von Trier's Dogville, Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, as well as her award-winning portrayal of Virginia Woolf in Stephen Daldry's The Hours, Kidman has insisted on finding roles that are complex, bold and demanding. We are excited to honour her with a tribute at the New York Film Festival."

Kidman will be honoured at a gala event at the Alice Tully Hall. The special event will include an on-stage conversation as well as a screening of Lee Daniels's latest film, The Paperboy, which stars Kidman alongside Zac Efron, John Cusack and Matthew McConaughey.

Other films on the main slate include Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winner Amour, Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills and Ang Lee's Life of Pi, which will open the festival.

Not Fade Away by David Chase, the creator of hit TV series The Sopranos, has been announced as the festival's centrepiece film.

The West Australian

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