Italian national treasure and movie icon Sophia Loren returns to the silver screen in her first feature film since 2009’s Nine, starring in The Life Ahead, directed by her son, Edoardo Ponti. Early buzz on this film indicates that the 86-year-old Loren, who was the first actor to win an Oscar for a non-English language performance 58 years ago for her role in Two Women, will be in the hunt for Oscar gold again for her role as an elderly Holocaust survivor who forms an unlikely bond with a 12-year-old Senegalese orphan in an Italian seaside town.
The Life Ahead is adapted by Ponti and Ugo Chiti from Romain Gary’s novel. A previous film adaptation, Madame Rosa, directed by Moshe Mizrahi, starring Simone Signoret, won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film for France in 1978. This new adaptation is likely to be chasing the same prize for Italy this year, in the Academy’s first year of the category’s newly-re-named Best International Feature.
Oscar eyes will also be looking to multi-nominated songwriter Diane Warren, who contributed an original song for The Life Ahead, entitled ““lo Si” (Seen)”and who, after 11 nominations without a win, including the last three years, is considered to be massively overdue. Between the goodwill for Warren and the return of a legend to the big screen, The Life Ahead is sure to stick around all the way to April.
The Life Ahead will be playing in select theaters this November and will be released on Netflix on November 13. See the trailer below: