Avicii: True Stories (2017)

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Avicii: True Stories (2017

taglineIf you were thrown into a life of success, what would you do when it all comes crashing down?

By Levan Tsikurishvili

Documentary (1h 37min)

Sweden Sweden

Fine! Rated 7.7 after 4,118 votes on 15-Oct-18.


Follow the incredible rise, fall and rebirth of one of the worlds most renowned DJ's and composer's, Avicii. From the highs of worldwide chart domination to the lows of major health scares, Avicii: True Stories offers a unique and compelling insight into the life of a modern day musical genius.

Popular faces

Levan Tsikurishvili (director) Avicii Aloe Blacc Alex Ebert Michael Einziger Carl Falk David Guetta Wyclef Jean



Salem Al Fakir (Himself / Songwriter), Avicii (Himself / Interviewee), Johan Bjerkelund (Himself), Aloe Blacc (Himself / Rapper), Fredrik Boberg (Himself / Childhood Friend), Sandro Cavazza (Himself / Singer / Songwriter), Per Dickson (Himself), Alex Ebert (Himself / Composer), Michael Einziger (Himself / Composer (as Mike Einziger)), Carl Falk (Himself / Songwriter), Carl Fohlin (Himself / Childhood Friend), Sebastian Furrer (Himself / Music Artist), David Guetta (Himself / French DJ and Producer), Filip Holm (Himself / Ice Hockey Palyer), Wyclef Jean (Himself / Composer), Otto Knows (Himself / Childhood Friend), Dhani Lennevald (Himself / Singer and Dancer), Laidback Luke (Himself / Dutch DJ and Producer), Magnus Lygdback (Himself / Swedish Health and Wellness Expert (as Magnus Lygdbäck)), Madonna (Herself / Singer), Chris Martin (Himself / Leadsinger Coldplay), Barack Obama (Himself / Former President USA (archive footage)), Vincent Pontare (Himself / Songwriter), Ash Pournouri (Himself / Manager Avicii (as Arash 'Ash' Pournouri)), Nile Rodgers (Himself / Composer)...


Produced by

Olle Knutson Hjertén (segment producer), Marcus Lindgren (segment producer), Daniel Neander (executive producer: SVT), Jeremy Schmetz (producer: Motion Picture Solutions), Levan Tsikurishvili (producer), Jonathan Waldefeldt (co-producer)


IMDb Comment

DJ's and music producers live a life which many wish they had. A life of private jets, money and fame. However, as Avicii: True Stories shows, that lifestyle comes at a cost, and for the man behind the biggest name in Dance music, that cost became far more damaging than any loss of money or fame.

Avicii: True Stories shows the story of Avicii from the beginning, with a superbly chronicled time-line, showing the rise of success from the early days of Tim Bergling to the worldwide chart domination of Avicii, it's all in there.

Highlighting the immense health struggles that Tim suffered over the years, it suddenly becomes so clear as to why Avicii had to stop. The machine had beaten itself, the light was no longer to outshine the darkness, the madness of it all had finally reached its peak, and it hit that peak in devastating fashion, as shown in this extraordinary up-close-and-personal telling of Tim's career as a DJ and music producer.

It's a hard-to-swallow reminder that what we hear in his music, tales of uplifting nature filled with such positivity and joy, is not at all accurate to how Avicii is as a human being, as Tim. The trailer for the documentary quoted Tim saying: "Peoples perception of who Avicii is - isn't who Tim is" and it is that separation between artist and human being which proves to be so damaging, "the picture doesn't represent the painter".

The story-line of the documentary gives a sense of depth and shows the journey in a way that isn't too long to become uninteresting or too short to not be enough, it's perfectly shot and beautifully edited. We get to see it all, from the business aspects behind Levels to the incredible production process behind some of Avicii's biggest hits, Avicii: True Stories has everything and nothing is left unexplained, it's all there.

Avicii: True Stories is an emotional roller-coaster between pure euphoria and crushing struggle, with both shown in their most raw forms. The music brought so much joy to Avicii, but the lifestyle brought so much pain to Tim, it's an important lesson that what we see isn't always a true representation. This is a very unique piece of cinema, simply put - this is compulsory viewing.


On how he chose his stage name, Avicii: "Tim had decided on the DJ name Avici--a friend told him it was a level of Buddhist Hell. (He added the extra i because Avici was already taken on Myspace.) It took him eighteen months to get comfortable behind the decks."

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Other titles

Авичи: Правдивые истории (Russia) • Avicii: True Stories (Uruguay (original subtitled version))



Canada:PG / Denmark:15 / Germany:12 / Norway:12 / Spain:16 / Sweden:Btl / United Kingdom:15 / United States:Not Rated


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