Gabriel Yared (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley, 1408, Cold Mountain) has been hired to score the upcoming Italian drama The Life Ahead. The film is directed by Edoardo Ponti and stars Sophia Loren, Ibrahima Gueye, Renato Carpentieri and Massimiliano Rossi. The movie is set in seaside Italy and follows a Holocaust survivor with a daycare business who takes in 12-year-old Momo, a Senegalese Muslim street kid who robbed her. Ponti also co-wrote the screenplay with Ugo Chiti (Dogman) based on Romain Gary’s novel La vie devant soi. Nicola Serra & Carlo Degli Esposti (Piranhas, Leopardi) are producing the project. The Life Ahead will premiere later this year on Netflix.

Yared also has the Lebanese drama Broken Keys written and directed by Jimmy Keyrouz coming up. The movie tells the true story of a young pianist, Akram who was discovered playing piano with aspirations of kindling hope back into his neighbors’ lives, defying the power in place in his village in Syria. Antoun Sehnaoui (The Insult) is producing the project. Broken Keys was set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this past May and is expected to premiere at another film festival this year.