Oscar Directors: Lanthimos, Yorgos–Background, Career, Awards, Filmography

September 21, 2020

Yorgos Lanthimos Career Summation

Occupational Inheritance: NA

Nationality: Greek

Social Class: middle; father professional basketball player


Family: Raised by mother

Formal Education:

Training: study directing for film and TV, Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos (HCTSS) in Athens; TV commercials

First Film: My Best Friend (co-directed), commercial film; 2001; aged 28

Breakthrough: Dogtooth, third film, 2009, Cannes Fest

First Oscar Nomination: Dogtooth, Foreign Lingo Oscar nominee; aged 36; The Favourite, 2018, best director, aged 45

Gap between First Film and First Nom: 2001-2018 (best director nom); 2001-2009; 8 years (until Dogtooth)

Other Oscars:

Other Oscar Nominations: The Lobster, 2015; Cannes Special Jury Prize, nominated for screenplay

Oscar Awards:

Nominations Span:

Genre (specialties): satires

Collaborators: actors Colin Farrell; Rachel Weicz

Last Film: The Favourite, 2018


Career Length: 2005-present

Career Output: about 8

Marriage: actress; Greek-born French


Death: NA

Georgios “Yorgos” Lanthimos (Greek: Giorgos Lanthimos; born September 23, 1973) is a Greek film and stage director, producer, and screenwriter.

He has received four Oscar nominations for his work, including Best Foreign Language Film for Dogtooth, Best Original Screenplay for The Lobster (2015), and Best Picture and Best Director for The Favourite (2018).

Lanthimos was born in Pangrati, Athens. He was raised mainly by his mother. 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.

Having graduated from the Moraitis School he went on to study business administration and played for a period in Pagrati B.C.

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.

Through the 1990s Lanthimos 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. He was also a member of the creative team which designed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Lanthimos’ 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 Fest.

His third feature film Dogtooth won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.

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 Film Fest.

The script for Lanthimos’ fifth film The Lobster was awarded with the ARTE International Award as Best CineMart Project for 2013 at the 42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Fest and won the Jury Prize.

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.

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

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


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
2001 My Best Friend Yes No No Feature directorial debut; Co-director, with Lakis Lazopoulos
2005 Kinetta Yes Yes No Solo directorial debut
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 film
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
Year Title Artist
1997 “Deka Entoles” Despina Vandi
2014 “Baby Asteroid” Leon of Athens
2016 “Identikit”[19] 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[20]

List of awards and nominations received by Yorgos Lanthimos