On the heels of its recent qualification for Oscar consideration, the much-talked-about “Avicii: True Stories” documentary is headed to theaters at the end of the year in order to complete its eligibility. Now, fans can begin planning their pilgrimage to the emotional doc’s theater debuts, with a limited theatrical run hitting New York City’s Cinema Village December 21 to 27 and LA’s Laemmle theater December 14 through 20.
The documentary’s week-long stints will fulfill the bare minimum Oscar consideration requirements, and in doing so give a brief window for dance music fans to see the project on the big screen. Providing an intimate glimpse into Avicii’s difficult decision to quit touring and painting a stark picture of the pressures of international superstardom, the Levan Tsikurishvili-directed documentary is rumored to make a return to streaming as well. The film was pulled from Netflix in the wake of the artist’s passing and has since taken on additional meaning and poignancy for Avicii fans and the electronic music community at large. For those who would rather take in “True Stories” in a movie theatre experience, the limited NYC and LA runs may be their only shot.
Avicii‘s death almost seven months ago sent shock waves not only through dance music, but throughout the greater music industry at large. The 28-year-old legend’s passing prompted heartfelt tributes, but also ignited dialogue pertaining to the darker sides of the industry: anxiety, depression, brutal touring schedules, and more. Now, Avicii: True Stories’s director has revealed that the documentary that unabashedly delved into the musical and personal life of the departed superstar has qualified for auspicious Oscar consideration.
Containing years of raw and powerful footage from director Levan Tsikurishvili, the documentary was discreetly removed from US Netflix shortly following news of the “Levels” producer’s death.While there’s still no word on whether or not it will be reinstated for streaming, it appears the project will be making a return to the public eye with theatre showings in New York and LA beginning this December. It’s clear the documentary left as big an imprint on its director as it did on viewers who caught it before its prompt departure.
“[The] importance of looking out for one another has never been more important than now,” said Tsikurishvili in an Instagram post. “I do hope that we’ve changed something [for the] better in this industry, especially for the younger generation.”
Avicii has revealed his career-spanning biopic, True Stories, will hit Netflix in the near future.
After a retirement from touring in light of personal health scares in March of 2016, Avicii has once again returned to the limelight.
During a recent episode of his radio show, Avicii FM, he explained, “I’m releasing my documentary this weekend…Levan [Tsikurishvili], who’s the director of the documentary, has followed me for the past four years I think, four or five years.”
He continued, “He’s had so much material from both in the studio, from behind the scenes on concerts, during good and bad times. I’m really excited. I’m also a bit nervous because it is kind of gritty sometimes. It’s very personal. There’s a lot of ups and downs. It’s going to be interesting to see what people say. I think it’s going to be in a bunch of movie theatres and also on Netflix after that.”
Avicii: True Stories premiered on October 26 in selected cinemas worldwide. While the Netflix release date of the documentary remains unknown, fans can expect a true fly-on-the-wall experience.
The film’s director Tsikurishvili has said, “I wanted to do a brutally honest film about Tim as a person and not only about Avicii. Everybody knows Avicii but very few people know Tim. I think this documentary really shows Tim’s struggle and strength of character. Being a worldwide superstar artist is not as easy as it looks on Instagram.”