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On This Happy Note

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2021
  • 67 min.
  • Director(s): Tamar Tal Anati
  • Producer(s): Stav Meron Morag


Anat Gov, one of the most influential playwrights in Israeli theatre, is preparing for her death. She asks Arik Kneller, an artists’ agent, to be the executor of her will. Arik struggles to accept the humor and serenity with which she faces her upcoming end. Anat, consciously accepting her nearing end, wishes to leave a spiritual legacy: there can be a happy ending. Almost a decade after her death, her loved ones try to fill the void left by her words with their own. Through excerpts from her plays and footage of her family and political world, a new script is written: one in which the line between the play and reality is blurred.

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Tamar Tal Anati


Stav Meron Morag


Arik Kneller


Tamar Tal Anati


Itay Ne'eman ,Emmanuelle Mayer , Itay Marom


Boaz Lion

Original Music

Shlomi Shaban, Maya Belsitzman

Original Language




Sound Designer

Aviv Aldema


Tal Kantor

Festival Highlights


    People's Choice Award
    Arlington International Film Festival

SERET Israeli Film Festival, Germany, 2022

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2022

The Flying Broom International Women Films Festival, Turkey, 2022

SERET Israeli Film Festival, UK, 2022

Millenium Int'l Documentary Film Festival, Belgium, 2022

Israfest Foundation (LA Israeli Film Festival), USA, 2022

Salem Film Festival, USA, 2022

Philadelphia Israeli Film Festival, USA, 2022

Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA, 2022

Docaviv International Film Festival, Israel, 2021


  • "Wonderful, extraordinary... "
    - Rivka Michaeli, 103 FM
  • "A touching souvenir from Anat Gov, like a message in a bottle she has left behind."
    - Yair Rave, Calcalist
  • "Anat stares death in the eye in a lucid, realistic, and witty way."
    - Itay Segal, Yedioth Ahronoth
  • "This is not a movie about death. This is a movie about life. And how a very funny, talented and smart woman saw fit to live them."
    - Ilan Lukach, Channel 12 News
  • "Hypnotizing, important, and full of self-humor and laughter."
    - Lior Yaniv, Mako
  • "Tal Anati's film is Anat Gov's most authentic and intimate collection of opinions that viewers can ask for."
    - Marlyn Vinig, Portfolio