After years of assuming FBI Agent Emily Byrne was a possible victim of serial killer Conrad Harlow, she is miraculously returned to her family. Emily, however, has to struggle with the mysteries of her captivity and the fact that everyone has moved on without her. Investigating Emily’s disappearance,, her husband Nick Durand detects a connection between Emily and a sex trafficker Robert Semerov, who has negative feelings about Emily. When the FBI traces the sex trafficker, suspicion suddenly moves to Emily. Is she still the same person they knew?
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I’ve already told you about the first, now it’s the turn of the second. The series created by Oded Ruskin – the origin of False Flag , Homeland ‘s Israeli air program – Absentia is an international collaboration.
The new thriller comes straight from AXN and, to tell you the truth, I did not know at all what channel is dependent on Sony Pictures. It is available in some European countries, and it is to promote its European subsidiary that for the first time it financed with Absentia an original program that was filmed in Bulgaria.
The disadvantage is that no American or French channel has acquired the rights for the time being , whereas the program will be released on September 25 on AXN.
Absentia, what is that talking about?
Emily Byrne is an FBI agent who was held hostage for three years and then missed for another three years, which resurfaced overnight without being able to tell what happened to her.
Did you think of Castle when the writer played by Nathan Fillion disappears having forgotten everything? Yes, before I see the episode. Because really, the tone has nothing to do here.
In the meantime, Emily Byrne’s husband, Nick, has resurrected in Absentia with another woman who raises her son (cuckoo Alias ), and feels torn between the feelings he still feels for his ex-wife and Its fidelity to the present.
So we will follow them to understand what really happened, if it’s a conspiracy or if Emily has become a double agent linked to a series of murders.
Absentia, the new Homeland?
Only the first episode was screened in Monte Carlo, but in any case, it makes you want to see more.
There are many similarities between Homeland and Absentia .
At the level of the investor team already, since the Israeli producers are those who produced Hatufim , the series that inspired Homeland .
But also in terms of tone. Dark and a little stuffy, this thriller is approaching the family drama.
The heroine must prove, against all odds, that his version of the facts is the true one. And even if her loved ones want to support her, they are still in delicate situations where they do not know how to react.
Stana Katic and Patrick Heusinger present their characters in Absentia
Do you know how hard it is to not sully someone you really like? I had to control myself for Stana Katic because I love Castle – which was not at all the subject of his presence here.
And the actress was really nice and pleasant despite her apparent shyness.
In the same way, Patrick Heusinger was very accessible, and it shows that he is super motivated and invested in Absentia , his first series as a lead!
Source (Translation via Google)
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.”
Source (Translation via Google)
1. How & when did you become conscious about how your lifestyle affects the planet?
I think a lot of it was just part of my upbringing. People in my family have always had gardens & fruit trees; a lot of my family had household livestock. So, the importance of chemical-free food sources and “nothing goes to waste” mentality was something I was raised with. I suspect caring for the environment was a natural outcropping from that foundation.
2. How important is it for celebrities & influencers to encourage people to be green?
People with a large outreach on social media can be particularly helpful educators. Lifestyle choices that are kind to our natural surroundings are often fun, healthy and easy. Highlighting helpful pointers can do an immense amount to open up new and improved ideas on “how to do it better.”
We can also shed light on current events that are perhaps not covered by mainstream media but are particularly vital to the environment.
Finally, public individuals can be key in giving new green technology the PR boost needed to leap into the marketplace and make products accessible and affordable for everyone.
3. Do you feel your audience is starting to adopt some of your eco-friendly habits?
EMA Board Member Amy Smart posted a video highlighting a clever way to make composting easier. It was serendipitous as I had been looking for more efficient ways to create good, juicy compost for my fruit trees. So, as an audience member myself, I can say I’m definitely adopting other people’s nature-friendly habits.
4. With the 27th Annual EMA Awards around the corner, what is your fondest EMA Awards memory?
I was part of the committee judging documentaries one year. It was the year GMO OMG and Virunga were nominated. All of the documentaries that year were impactful and entertaining. I was moved by them and made a point of sending a shout-out for each one of those projects on my social media platforms. It was a privilege to serve to broaden their reach & audience through the EMA Awards.
5. Do you think people in Europe & Canada are more inclined to be green than here in the US?
Not necessarily. City infrastructure like waste-management (with accountable nation-wide recycling & composting receptacles) or efficient public transit may be more developed outside of the US– Japan is admirable on both of these fronts.
But as far as the average American is concerned, I see many smaller towns and communities that are very diligent about protecting natural waterways from polluting agents, for instance. And then there’s the whole “farm-to-table” movement that is bringing a larger demand for farmers-market-styled, locally-sourced foods.
The wonderful thing about living “green” is that it often entails simple decisions that in many ways create a healthier & more satisfying lifestyle; and I think Americans –especially small farmers and green tech innovators– are doing a great job of leading the way to fueling our bodies and our communities into a healthy and lucrative future.