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Stana Katic’s ‘ABSENTIA’ Series Will Premiere at the 2017 Monte Carlo Television Festival

May 10, 2017


Sony’s new TV series ABSENTIA starring Stana Katic will have its world premiere during the 57th Monte Carlo Television Festival, and in addition Helen Mirren will receive a lifetime achievement award.

Directed by Oded Ruskin, ABSENTIA stars an FBI agent (Katic) who disappears without a trace while hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers. The 10-episode thriller is set to debut this fall and is a Sony Pictures Television Network’s original produced by Tel-Aviv based Masha Productions and shot in Europe. Cast and crew are expected to attend Monte Carlo during the June 16-20 festival, which will be officially opened by Prince Albert II of Monaco.

The festival showcases for high-end international television and for new TV trends, has quite a wide ranging lineup this year. Including US show No Tomorrow, which has been cancelled, but will screen alongside recent European standout hits like Victoria from Britain’s ITV, UK’s comedy Fleabag, and Sky/HBO’s The Young Pope.

Other American series competing and expanding their European media exposure include NBC’s Superstore, Hulu’s Stephen King’s adaption 11.22.63. and Showtime’s Billions.

On the other side, Mirren has released the following statement:


“Since its inception, the Monte Carlo Television Festival has been a strong advocate and supporter of the international television business across both drama and documentary programming.”

Laurent Puons, the festival’s CEO praised her saying:

“She’s one of the most established and highly regarded actresses in the world today and has had an outstanding career encompassing television, film and the theater.”

Mirren is scheduled to receive her prize during the awards ceremony on closing night.

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