Leading actress Sophia Loren is to play a Holocaust survivor in a new Italian drama directed by her son to be broadcast on Netflix.
In the film, called The Life Ahead and set in an Italian seaside town, Loren’s character – a Holocaust survivor with a day-care business – takes in a 12-year old Senegalese Muslim street child who recently robbed her.
Netflix has bought the rights and the film, directed by Loren’s son Edoardo Ponti, is set to be released later this year. It is a contemporary adaptation of French author Romain Gary’s 1975 novel The Life Before Us.
Now aged 85, the Italian-born Oscar winner is one of the last surviving stars of the so-called Golden Age of Hollywood.
She said: “In my career, I’ve worked with the biggest studios, but I can safely say that none have had the breadth of reach and the cultural diversity of Netflix, and that’s what I love about them.”