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Georgios "Yorgos" Lanthimos (Greek: Γιώργος Λάνθιμος, romanizedGiorgos Lanthimos; born 23 September 1973) is a Greek film and stage director, producer, and screenwriter. He has received four Academy Award nominations for his work, including Best Foreign Language Film for Dogtooth (2009), Best Original Screenplay for The Lobster (2015), and Best Picture and Best Director for The Favourite (2018).

Yorgos Lanthimos
Yorgos Lanthimos, THE LOBSTER, Fantastic Fest 2015 -9674 (27161878820).jpg
Lanthimos in 2015
Georgios Lanthimos

(1973-09-23) 23 September 1973 (age 46)
Athens, Greece
ResidenceLondon, England
  • Filmmaker
  • theatre director
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Ariane Labed[1][2]

Early lifeEdit

Lanthimos was born in Pangrati, Athens. He was raised mainly by his mother.[3] His father, Antonis Lanthimos, was a professional basketball player who played for Pagrati B.C., Greece national basketball team and was also a basketball instructor at the Moraitis School.[4] Having graduated from the Moraitis School he went on to study Business Administration and played for a period in Pagrati B.C.[5] He eventually dropped out of everything and went on to study directing for film and television at the Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos (HCTSS) in Athens.[3]


Through the 1990s he directed a series of videos for Greek dance-theater companies. Since 1995 he has directed a large number of TV commercials, in addition to music videos, short films and experimental theater plays.[6] He was also a member of the creative team which designed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[6][7]

His feature film career started with the mainstream film My Best Friend where he shared directing credits with Lakis Lazopoulos and was followed by the experimental film Kinetta which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival.[8] His third feature film Dogtooth won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival[9][10] and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.[11] In 2010, he acted and co-produced Attenberg a Greek drama film directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari. His fourth feature film Alps (2011) won the Osella Award for Best Screenplay at the 68th Venice International Film Festival.[12]

The script for his fifth film The Lobster was awarded with the ARTE International Award as Best CineMart Project for 2013 at the 42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam.[13] The film was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival[14] and won the Jury Prize.[15][16] During the 75th Venice Film Festival, he presented his latest work The Favourite (2018), and won the Grand Jury Prize. The film tied for the most nominations at 91st Academy Awards, with ten, including Best Picture and Best Director for Lanthimos.[17]

In 2019, it was reported that Lanthimos was working on a adaptation of the Jim Thompson 1964 novel Pop. 1280, which he is set to write and direct.[18]

Personal lifeEdit

Lanthimos is married to Greek-born French actress Ariane Labed.


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2001 My Best Friend Yes No No Co-director, with Lakis Lazopoulos[8]
2005 Kinetta Yes Yes No
2009 Dogtooth Yes Yes Yes
2010 Attenberg No No Yes Also actor
2011 Alps Yes Yes Yes
2015 The Lobster Yes Yes Yes
2017 The Killing of a Sacred Deer Yes Yes Yes
2018 The Favourite Yes No Yes

Short filmsEdit

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1995 O viasmos tis Hlois Yes Yes Yes Also editor
2001 Uranisco Disco Yes Yes No
2019 Nimic Yes Yes No

Music videoEdit

Year Title Artist
1997 "Deka Entoles" Despina Vandi
2014 "Baby Asteroid" Leon of Athens
2016 "Identikit" Radiohead


Year Title Notes
2002 D.D.D Theatro tou Notou (Amore-Dokimes)
2004 Bluebeard Theatro Porta
2008 Natura morta in un fosso Theatro tou Notou (Amore)
2011 Platonov National Theatre of Greece[19]

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ "Ariane Labed, la révélation de Fidelio, l'Odyssée d'Alice". L'Express.
  2. ^ "Portrait d'une jeune actrice : Ariane Labed, héroine de Fidelio, l'odyssée d'Alice". AlloCiné.
  3. ^ a b Stacey G. Julien (2019-02-07), Yorgos Lanthimos - WTF with Marc Maron podcast, retrieved 2019-07-14
  4. ^ "Ο Γιώργος Λάνθιμος διαπρέπει στο Φεστιβάλ της Βενετίας - GLOW.GR". Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  5. ^ Παπαδογιάννης, Νίκος. "Αντώνης Λάνθιμος: Το μήλο του δεν έπεσε κάτω από τη μηλιά…". Documento (in Greek). Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  6. ^ a b Sakaridis, Yannis. "10 Greek Filmmakers to Watch". Raindance Film Festival. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  7. ^ "DOGTOOTH - Press Kit" (PDF). Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  8. ^ a b Pavlaki, Despina (2009-10-25). "Film: Dogtooth". Athens News. Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Un Certain Regard Awards Ceremony". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  10. ^ Hernandez, Eugene (2009-05-23). ""Dogtooth" Wins Top Cannes Un Certain Regard Prize". IndieWire. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  11. ^ "Nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2011-01-25.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2011-10-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Yorgos Lanthimos' Next Is The Lobster!". IMDb. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  14. ^ "2015 Official Selection". Cannes Film Festival. Archived from the original on April 18, 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  15. ^ Henry Barnes (24 May 2015). "Cannes 2015: Jacques Audiard's Dheepan wins the Palme d'Or". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  16. ^ Rebecca Ford (24 May 2015). "Cannes: 'Dheepan' Wins the Palme d'Or". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  17. ^ "Oscar Winners 2019: The Complete List". Variety. 24 February 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
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  19. ^ Ο Λάνθιμος στο Εθνικό (in Greek). Athens-Macedonian News Agency. 2011-02-01. Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2011.

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