‘Avicii: True Stories’ documentary director reflects on his relationship with Tim Bergling
Director and documentarian behind the Avicii: True Stories documentary, Levan Tsikurishvili, has been considerably quiet surrounding the untimely passing of Tim Bergling. Now the director’s opened up about the effect of Bergling’s passing, even sharing an incredibly touching story about who Avicii was on a deeper level.
With a small anecdote, Tsikurishvili remembers Avicii’s true character at his soul a story about the pair being in Madagascar. Bergling had been feeding lemurs when one bit his finger, and though he was hurt and his team was angry about the animal’s action, Avicii remained calm, reminding everyone that it was a simple mistake.
“You introduced me to a world that did not exist for me before our paths crossed again and I have you to thank for many things I still do today,” Tsikurishvili concludes. “I will always stay loyal to you and your spirit, nothing has changed in our loyalty, and I will forever carry you deep down in my heart until the day I die and hopefully meet you again in a better place, where you are right now.”
Writing this to you feels unreal; like a never-ending nightmare or a terrible joke. You were, and always will be the most intelligent and loyal person I’ve ever got to know in this superficial industry. An industry that was not smart enough for you and that never really understood who you were. I admire and will severely miss your genuine and humble behavior, which I’ve never seen in any other person. Never did I see you judge a person based on the opinion of others, and never did you let others judge someone that wasn’t there in person to defend themselves. These are few of many things that always pops up in my head when I’m thinking of you. Never forgetting moments like when a Lemur bit your finger in Madagascar in the middle of the jungle, and you almost passed away of pain while you were plaster your finger with the leaves. But you still wanted to protect the Lemur and argued with me; “brysh, he is not aggressive, he just thought my finger was a part of the food I gave him, it’s not his fault.” I’m so thankful for everything we went through together, everything you did for me, everything you taught me by your actions, every single work we did together, all the WEEK-long creative conversations we used to have and fights that always used to end up in something great, epic nights, endless laughs, the documentary we did that didn’t left a single person emotionally untouched, ALL the night long music sessions I was fortunate to film, your best friends that meant the whole world to you, who also quickly became my close friends, silly jokes, popcorn evenings and all the places we went to together. You introduced me to a world that did not exist for me before our paths crossed again and I have you to thank for many things I still do today. I will always stay loyal to you and your spirit, nothing has changed in our loyalty, and I will forever carry you deep down in my heart until the day I die and hopefully meet you again in a better place, where you are right now. Thank you “Brysh” Tim for everything! I Love you and miss you so much
Featured photo by Sean Eriksson