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The Absentia series is at the very moment very classic for police-sensation production. Emily Byrne ( Stana Katic ), an FBI agent, disappears without a trace while investigating a serial killer. After six years, through an anonymous phone, she is found in a forest hut. She does not remember anything that happened when she was detained, or at least claimed. Her return home is not as joyful as she might think. Her husband Nick ( Patrick Heusinger ), also an FBI agent, has already reconciled with her death and managed to get married again. Son Flynn (Patrick McAuley), because of his young age, also does not remember her and rather treats his father’s new wife – Alice ( Cara Theobold ) – as his real mother. All in all, her brother Jack ( Neil Jackson ), a good doctor once, fought hard. In one word – the world she came back to has long forgotten about her and her sudden appearance to many is a big problem.
At the same time, an investigation is underway, both by the FBI and by the cop, who was present at the discovery of Emily. Tommy Gibbs ( Angel Bonanni ) wants to solve the mystery of her disappearance. As it is easy to imagine, the FBI and the police do not cooperate successfully.
Read what the producers tell us about this production!
Stana Katic: I think this psychological aspect has drawn me to this story. It is not one-dimensional and simple. We have an FBI agent, an avid revenge on the man who robbed her from six years of age. For this she must fight with jealousy and despair for her lost family. Suddenly someone took her place and did not melt in the air just because Emily came back. Her husband loves another one already.
Patrick Heusinger: If it were only the return show of a lost wife home, it would probably be a boring soap opera. However, we go much further. Emily came back for some reason. Someone specially held her in hiding for so many years. The fact that she was released now is not irrelevant. This puzzle is our biggest asset. Heroes along with the audience discover what’s going on.
Stana Katic: This is a completely different series than Castle , with whom I’ve been involved for so many years. There every episode was a closed story. Of course there was a thread in every season, but it was just an add-on and it was changing a lot. Here we have everything run like in a full-length action movie. Absentia is not as funny as Castle. It has a more serious and dark tone.
Absentia’s action takes place in Boston, but 100% of the shootings took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. There were a dozen or so streets that were a faithful copy of the American. They are standing on them cars and radios on the Boston registrations. As if I had slept all the way and woke up on the set, I would have no problem telling myself that we are in the USA.The scene I was supposed to watch came from the first episode. Jack, Alice and Flynn come to the cemetery to lay flowers on Emily’s grave for the anniversary of her death. They are accompanied by Adam Radford ( Ralph Ineson ), Emily’s former partner. Suddenly the gentlemen get a strange phone with the message that the woman whose tombstone is in front of their eyes has just been found in the woods.
Interestingly, there were several alternative approaches to the scene where Patrick had to react more or less emotionally to the message. I do not know, of course, which version we will see on the screen, but both came out cool. As it happens on the set, it did not go without many repetitions, and it was … the cars. Now the actors had the task of driving around the cemetery, placing flowers, and then after receiving the news, quickly get to one of the cars and drive away. The key was the distance between parking the two cars, which was too many times and the vehicle the heroes had to leave, could not do it smoothly without correction. I hope you will be able to see the bloopers from these scenes someday, because Ralph’s nervousness for the fast and smooth departure was hilarious.
Interesting thing. The gravestones that you can see on one of the photographs are made of polystyrene, moreover they were used in many other productions. They come from a magazine that contains only tombstones borrowed to shoot scenes in cemeteries. Not all of them have been checked to make sure each one is fictitious. There is even a special department dealing only with this issue.
I also had the opportunity to see the mysterious hut in which the main character was found and perhaps she was held. According to one of the team’s representatives, the key to solving the puzzle lies in this small cottage. After seeing a few things left by the crew I guess what it is, but I will leave this knowledge to myself not to ruin your fun.
Is it a serial of one season? Stana states that there are opportunities to continue.
“We will see how the audience will accept our production. We leave ourselves a gate to return to our heroes. We did our best work as we could. Now in the hands of the spectators. Also those in Poland.”
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The show, which had its world premiere at the festival this weekend, marks the first series for the international networks group.
When Sony Pictures Television Networks world premiered Absentia at the Monte Carlo Television Festival over the weekend, it wasn’t just the first episode of the FBI thriller — it was the first show developed by the group that operates branded channels around the world.
“This is the first time that we fully developed, fully funded and produced a venture,” said SPTN executive vp production Marie Jacobson.
It’s a new strategy for the multichannel networks group, which has been airing American procedurals and dramas on its international networks, including Sony Networks and AXN, for two decades.
“Frankly, for us to go and commission our own original content, we really do have to look at new and different ways to make that happen. Absentia is the embodiment of that strategy,” said Jacobson.
The show — part thriller and part procedural with a touch of Nordic noir — stars Stana Katic (Castle) as an FBI agent who returns six years after being kidnapped. The show is set to air on the networks group’s AXN channel around the world and Showcase in Canada, and is seeking a U.S. home after debuting to buyers at L.A. Screenings.
“We’ve been able to create a show that is produced in a nontraditional manner and that speaks to our flexibility as a studio, our global focus and our ability to be collaborative and smart in terms of the way in which we can leverage the power of the networks group and the power of the distribution group,” said Sony Pictures Television president distribution Keith LeGoy.
The studio took an international approach to the series, casting actors from as far away as Uruguay and Mexico. Absentia is produced by Israel’s Masha TV, the team behind Homeland’s Israeli original, and directed by Oded Ruskin (False Flag). It was shot on an indie film schedule over 62 days in Bulgaria (standing in for Boston), a set that Katic says was the most collaborative she’s ever worked on.
“It came down to the style of set that Sony set up; they set up a real collaborative system,” said the actress. “I feel like this branch of Sony was open to collaboration in a new way because they are new at developing content.”
The character was a physical challenge for Katic, who spends several scenes beat up and bloodied, and she also performed most of her own stunts in one of Bulgaria’s coldest winters in years.
“The country added value to the story because we had locations that were unusual. They felt like Boston but not entirely, and there is this tone to the country that added to the color and feel of the story, to the thriller and suspense element of it. The untouched natural space that we could get in Bulgaria really created a kind of edginess,” she added.
As for the demise of the procedural, LeGoy pronounces any diagnosis too soon. “Traditional broadcasters have been telling us that they need those kind of incredibly powerful procedurals that have worked for decades,” he said. “Procedural dramas will always have an incredibly important place for broadcasters on their schedules and in their investment strategies.”
For SPTN, it is doubling down on the new strategy — it already has a second show starring a well-known American actor in the works.
Presumed to have fallen victim to a suspected serial killer she was investigating, FBI agent Emily Byrne (Stana Katic) is found alive six years after her disappearance. Suffering from almost complete amnesia of her time in captivity, Emily faces the daunting task of searching for answers as to who held her and why, while trying to reconnect with a family that has started a new life without her. Emily finds some emotional success in reconnecting with her family and friends after such a long absence but her quest for answers related to her captivity is a minefield of challenges, which threaten to destroy the life she is rebuilding. Fearful of the threat these challenges pose to her family’s safety she distances herself from them and like a lone wolf takes off in her hunt for answers where she discovers along the way that you can never outrun your shadows, no matter how fast or hard you try.
– Written by Sony Pictures Television Networks