60 years ago, Sophia Loren became the first actor to win an acting Academy Award for a non-English language performance. In 2020, she’s set to return to the Oscar conversation with The Life Ahead, directed by her son, Edoardo Ponti.
In the colorful Italian port city of Bari, the streetwise 12-year-old Senegalese orphan Momo (introducing Ibrahima Gueye) has ambitions to make his fortune in the underworld of the town’s shady alleyways. One day, he steals a bag of items from the elderly Madame Rosa (Sophia Loren), a Holocaust survivor who makes a meagre living raising the children of prostitutes with whom she once shared the streets. When Momo is forced to apologize to Rosa, she reluctantly agrees to take him in temporarily and the two lonely individuals find an unlikely family in each other through a deep and unconventional bond. The kindred spirits become connected to a common destiny that will change the course of their lives.
The Life Ahead is directed by Edoardo Ponti and adapted by Ponti, Ugo Chiti from Romain Gary’s novel “The Life Before Us.” The film also stars Renato Carpentieri, Iosif Diego Pirvu, Massimiliano Rossi, Abril Zamora and Babak Karimi. Featuring an original song written by 11-time Oscar nominee Diane Warren and sung by Laura Pausini.
In select theaters this November and on Netflix November 13.