Yorgos Lanthimos

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Yorgos Lanthimos
Yorgos Lanthimos, THE LOBSTER, Fantastic Fest 2015 -9674 (27161878820).jpg
Yorgos Lanthimos in 2015
Born1973 (age 44–45)
Athens, Greece
  • Filmmaker
  • theatre director
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Ariane Labed[1][2]

Yorgos Lanthimos (Greek: Γιώργος Λάνθιμος, translit. Giorgos Lanthimos; born 1973) is a Greek film, video and theatre director, producer, and screenwriter.

Life and career[edit]

Lanthimos was born in Athens. Having graduated from the Moraitis School, he went on to study directing for film and television at Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos in Athens. 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.[3] He was also a member of the creative team which designed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[3][4]

His feature film career started with the mainstream film My Best Friend where he shared directing credits with mentor Lakis Lazopoulos and was followed by the experimental film Kinetta which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival.[5] His third feature film Dogtooth won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival[6][7] and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.[8] His fourth feature film Alps (2011) won the Osella Award for Best Screenplay at the 68th Venice International Film Festival.[9]

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.[10] The film was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival[11] and won the Jury Prize.[12][13] During the 75th Venice Film Festival, he presented his latest work The Favourite (2018), and won the Grand Jury Prize.


Year Title Notes
2001 My Best Friend Co-director, with Lakis Lazopoulos[5]
2001 Uranisco Disco Short film[4]
2005 Kinetta Nominated—Golden Alexander at Thessaloniki International Film Festival [4]
2009 Dogtooth Prize Un Certain Regard
Prix de la Jeunesse
Dublin Film Critics Award
Grande Premio
Hellenic Film Academy Award for Best Director
Hellenic Film Academy Awards for Best Screenplay
Special Prize of the Jury
Citizen Kane Award for Best Directorial Revelation
Bronze Horse
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Nominated—BIFA Award for Best Foreign Film [6]
2011 Alps Golden Osella for Best Screenplay
Official Competition Prize for New Directions in Cinema
Nominated—Golden Lion
2015 The Lobster Cannes Film Festival – Jury Prize
European Film Award for Best Screenwriter
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Non-U.S. Films
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film
Nominated—Belgian Film Critics Association – Grand Prix
Nominated—BIFA Award for Best British Independent Film
Nominated—BIFA Award for Best Director
Nominated—BIFA Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—BIFA Award for Producer of the Year
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Film
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Director
Nominated—Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Film
Nominated—London Film Critics' Circle Award for British / Irish Film of the Year
2017 The Killing of a Sacred Deer Best Screenplay Award (Cannes Film Festival)
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Director
Nominated—European Film Award for Best Screenwriter
2018 The Favourite Grand Jury Prize (Venice Film Festival)
BIFA Award for Best Director
BIFA Award for Best British Independent Film
Nominated—Golden Lion
Nominated—Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Feature
Pending—Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film

Music video[edit]

  • 2014 "Baby Asteroid". Leon of Athens


  • 2002: D.D.D by Dimitris Dimitriadis, Theatro tou Notou (Amore-Dokimes)
  • 2004: Bluebeard by Dea Loher, Theatro Porta
  • 2008: Natura morta in un fosso by Fausto Paravidino, Theatro tou Notou (Amore)
  • 2011: Platonov by Anton Chekhov, National Theatre of Greece (New Scene – Nikos Kourkoulos)[14]


  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 Sakaridis, Yannis. "10 Greek Filmmakers to Watch". Raindance Film Festival. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  4. ^ a b c "DOGTOOTH - Press Kit" (PDF). Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  5. ^ a b Pavlaki, Despina (2009-10-25). "Film: Dogtooth". Athens News. Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Un Certain Regard Awards Ceremony". Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  7. ^ Hernandez, Eugene (2009-05-23). ""Dogtooth" Wins Top Cannes Un Certain Regard Prize". IndieWire. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  8. ^ "Nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2011-01-25.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2011-10-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Yorgos Lanthimos' Next Is The Lobster!". IMDb. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  11. ^ "2015 Official Selection". Cannes Film Festival. Archived from the original on April 18, 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  12. ^ Henry Barnes (24 May 2015). "Cannes 2015: Jacques Audiard's Dheepan wins the Palme d'Or". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  13. ^ Rebecca Ford (24 May 2015). "Cannes: 'Dheepan' Wins the Palme d'Or". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  14. ^ 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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