Absentia to Open Monte-Carlo TV Festival


The Sony Pictures Television Networks thriller series Absentia, starring Stana Katic (Castle), will open this year’s Monte-Carlo Television Festival.

The exclusive screening of the first episode of Absentia will mark its global premiere. Members of the thriller’s cast and crew will join a host of acting and production talent from around the world on the red carpet. The screening will follow the Opening Ceremony, during which H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, the festival’s honorary president, will officially kick off the 57th edition of the event.

Laurent Puons, the CEO of the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, said, “I’m thrilled to announce that our 57th edition will open with the global premiere of this exceptional series. Sony Pictures Television Networks and AXN are renowned throughout the world for delivering high-profile, buzzworthy drama. With its acclaimed cast and crew, alongside its intriguing premise, I’m certain Absentia will prove a huge hit with international audiences, and I’m delighted to host its worldwide debut as part of our extensive lineup of prestigious events.”

Also, actress Helen Mirren will receive the prestigious Crystal Nymph Award at the festival. Prince Albert II will present Mirren with the honor during the Golden Nymph Awards Ceremony on June 20 in Monaco.

Puons commented, “With an outstanding career encompassing television, film and theater, Helen Mirren is one of the most established and highly regarded actresses in the world today. She has been at the very top of her profession for many years and we are extremely pleased to present her with this prestigious award, which celebrates her significant contribution to global television.”

Mirren added, “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. I am delighted to receive this recognition and to accept the Crystal Nymph Award this year.”