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

(1973-09-23) 23 September 1973 (age 49)
Athens, Greece
Alma materHellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos
Years active2001–present
MovementGreek Weird Wave
(m. 2013)

Georgios "Yorgos" Lanthimos (Greek: Γιώργος Λάνθιμος, romanizedGiórgos Lánthimos, IPA: [ˈʝorɣoz ˈlanθimos]; born 23 September 1973) is a Greek film director, film producer, screenwriter, photographer, theatre director and former professional basketball player. Since 2015, Lanthimos has transitioned from making films in Greek to making higher-budget English-language films produced in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the United States. In his English-language career, he has received three Academy Award nominations for his work: Best Original Screenplay for The Lobster (2015) and Best Director and Best Picture for The Favourite (2018).

Early life

Lanthimos was born in Pangrati, Athens. He was raised mainly by his mother.[1] His father, Antonis Lanthimos, was a professional basketball player who played for Pagrati B.C. and the Greece men's national basketball team, and was also a basketball instructor at the Moraitis School.[2] Having graduated from the Moraitis School, Lanthimos went on to study Business Administration and played for a period in Pagrati B.C.[3] He eventually dropped out and went on to study Directing for Film and Television at the Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos (HCTSS) in Athens.[1]


During the 1990s Lanthimos directed a series of videos for Greek dance-theater companies. Since 1995 he has directed TV commercials, music videos, short films and experimental theater plays.[4] He was also a member of the creative team that designed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[4][5]

Lanthimos's feature film career started with the 2001 mainstream film My Best Friend, which he co-directed with Lakis Lazopoulos, and the experimental film Kinetta which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival.[6] His third feature film, Dogtooth, won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival[7][8] and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.[9] In 2010, he acted in 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.[10]

The script for Lanthimos's fifth film, The Lobster, won the 2013 ARTE International Award as Best CineMart Project at the 42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam.[11] The film was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival[12] and won the Jury Prize.[13][14] At 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.[15]

In February 2019, it was reported that Lanthimos was working on an adaptation of the Jim Thompson 1964 novel Pop. 1280, which he is set to write and direct.[16]

Personal life

Since 2013, Lanthimos has been married to Greek-French actress Ariane Labed.[17][18]



Year Title Director Producer Writer
2001 My Best Friend Yes No No
2005 Kinetta Yes No Yes
2009 Dogtooth Yes Yes Yes
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 Yes No
2023 Poor Things Yes Yes No
TBA And Yes Yes Yes

Short film

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1995 O viasmos tis Hlois Yes Yes Yes Also editor
2001 Uranisco Disco Yes Yes No
2013 Necktie Yes Yes Yes
2019 Nimic Yes Yes No
2022 Bleat Yes Yes Yes

Music video

Year Title Artist
1997 "Deka Entoles" Despina Vandi
1998 "Ola Allazoun" Giorgos Dimitriadis
2014 "Baby Asteroid" Leon of Athens


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 nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Yorgos Lanthimos


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  2. ^ "Ο Γιώργος Λάνθιμος διαπρέπει στο Φεστιβάλ της Βενετίας - GLOW.GR". glow.gr. Archived from the original on 2019-01-24. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  3. ^ Παπαδογιάννης, Νίκος (19 December 2018). "Αντώνης Λάνθιμος: Το μήλο του δεν έπεσε κάτω από τη μηλιά…". Documento (in Greek). Archived from the original on 2019-01-24. Retrieved 2019-01-24.
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  6. ^ Pavlaki, Despina (2009-10-25). "Film: Dogtooth". Athens News. Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Un Certain Regard Awards Ceremony". Cannes Film Festival. 23 May 2009. Archived from the original on 2020-08-13. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  8. ^ Hernandez, Eugene (2009-05-23). ""Dogtooth" Wins Top Cannes Un Certain Regard Prize". IndieWire. Archived from the original on 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
  9. ^ "Nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2014-10-08. Retrieved 2011-01-25.
  10. ^ "La Biennale di Venezia - Official Awards of the 69th Venice Film Festival". Archived from the original on 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2011-10-23.
  11. ^ "Yorgos Lanthimos' Next Is The Lobster!". IMDb. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  12. ^ "2015 Official Selection". Cannes Film Festival. Archived from the original on April 18, 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  13. ^ Henry Barnes (24 May 2015). "Cannes 2015: Jacques Audiard's Dheepan wins the Palme d'Or". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 24 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  14. ^ Rebecca Ford (24 May 2015). "Cannes: 'Dheepan' Wins the Palme d'Or". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  15. ^ "Oscar Winners 2019: The Complete List". Variety. 24 February 2019. Archived from the original on 15 January 2021. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  16. ^ Fleming, Mike (22 February 2019). "Yorgos Lanthimos to Write, Direct 'Pop. 1280' for Imperative Entertainment & Element Pictures". Deadline. Retrieved 6 August 2021.
  17. ^ "Ariane Labed, la révélation de Fidelio, l'Odyssée d'Alice". L'Express. 24 December 2014. Archived from the original on 2016-09-10. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
  18. ^ "Portrait d'une jeune actrice : Ariane Labed, héroine de Fidelio, l'odyssée d'Alice". AlloCiné. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
  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.