Mama Mia! Here she comes again! Sophia Loren returns to big screen in new Skolimowski film

The 86-year-old Italian actress is regarded as a cinema icon, and one of the greatest female film stars. PAP/EPA

Legendary Italian actress Sophia Loren will return to the big screen in a new film directed by Jerzy Skolimowski.

Announcing the news, the Warmia and Mazury Fund said the Oscar-winning Loren, whose career dates back to the 1950s, will star in 'Baltazar,' a contemporary interpretation of the 1966 cult film 'Au Hasard, Balthazar' directed by Robert Bresson. 

Sultry Sophia became an international film star following her five-picture contract with Paramount Pictures in 1958. Public domain

The premiere of the Polish-Italian co-production, co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, is scheduled for November 2021.

Although it is not yet clear what role Loren will have, her presence on screen will assure the production gets significant publicity. 

The new film is a contemporary interpretation of the 1966 cult film 'Au Hasard, Balthazar' directed by Robert Bresson.Press materials

The Italian actress is regarded as a cinema icon, and one of the greatest female film stars.

The Film Institute wrote that Bresson's film is considered one of the masterpieces of French cinematography. 

Considered one of the masterpieces of French cinematography, Au Hasard, Balthazar tells the story of a stray donkey.Press materials

Set in the French countryside it tells the story of a stray donkey that ends up in the hands of successive owners, including a soulless baker and circus performers.

Skolimowski's film also focuses on a donkey. It, however, begins in a Polish circus and ends in an Italian slaughterhouse. 

‘Baltazar’, which will be Jerzy Skomilowski’s 24th film as a director, will cost close to PLN 10.5 million (EUR 2.4 million), and 10 of the 48 day shoot planned will be in the Warmia and Mazury province, in northeastern Poland. PAP

As it is passed from owner to owner, the animal comes across both good and bad people. 

It is a bitter story, but one which provides a moral code to live by, said the film institute.

Although it is not yet clear what role Loren will have, her presence on screen will assure the production gets significant publicity. CC BY-SA 3.0

The film will cost close to PLN 10.5 million (EUR 2.4 million), and 48 shooting days have been planned, 10 of which will be in the Warmia and Mazury province, in northeastern Poland. 

The producer of the film is Skopia Film, and the Italian co-producer is ALIEN FILMS SRL.

Apart from the Polish Film Institute, the production is also co-financed by the Warmia and Mazury Film Fund.