Britz shepherded hit local pics; has her own banner

RIO DE JANEIRO — One of Brazil’s top hit-making producers has launched her own shingle, with five projects already under way.

Iafa Britz, who produced last year’s hit “If I Were You 2,” and co-founded Total Filmes, has started Migdal Filmes.

At Total, Britz had a number of hits including Daniel Filho’s comedy “If I Were You 2,” which cumed the biggest B.O. for a local pic in the past 25 years.

The shingle’s first production, which got its start at Total, is Wagner de Assis’ “Nosso lar” (Our Home). Fox is due to release it in September. The ambitious production is based on the bestselling book by Chico Xavier, a popular Brazilian spiritualist who died in 2002.

A large-scale production by local standards, “Nosso lar” was shot by “The Day After Tomorrow” cinematographer Ueli Steiger and has a score composed by Philip Glass. Canada-based Intelligent Creatures (“Watchmen”) is working on the pic’s special effects.

My decision to leave Total was not prompted by any specific motive, but my desire to start my own company. It is a new cycle in my life,” says Britz. She has also resigned from her position as one of the directors of the Rio Intl. Film Fest.

Britz said Migdal will produce four other features: “Talking to the Dead,” another spiritual pic based on the novel by Barbara Weinsberg; Fellipe Barbosa’s “Casa Grande,” a Sundance Lab screenplay; comedy “Da Fe,” a co-production with Mariza Leao; and Cesar Rodrigues’ “Vozes,” a screenplay of Berlin Fest’s Script Station.

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