SXSW 2019 Interview: Daily Dead Chats with Villains Directing Duo Dan Berk and Robert Olsen

Headed into the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, I had suspected that Dan Berk and Robert Olsen’s comedic crime caper Villains (you can read my review Here) would end up stealing the show (so to speak), and so it was a delightful surprise to see the film get so warmly embraced, becoming one of the most buzzed about movies playing in Austin last week.

And while in attendance at the fest, Daily Dead was thrilled to speak with both filmmakers about the inspirations behind the script for Villains, the challenges of balancing the film’s tonal shifts, bringing together their brilliant ensemble, which includes Bill Skarsgård, Maika Monroe, Jeffrey Donovan, and Kyra Sedgwick, and more.

Congratulations on the film, guys. I just loved this so much. I’d love to start off by talking about this story, finding this great energy in the material and balancing everything out tonally. It’s just all really great stuff.

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