Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, Greece.

He has directed a number of dance videos in collaboration with Greek choreographers, in addition to TV commercials, music videos, short films and theatre plays.

Kinetta, his first feature film, played at Toronto and Berlin film festivals to critical acclaim.

His second feature Dogtooth, won the Un Certain Regard Prize at the 2009 Cannes film festival, followed by numerous awards at festivals worldwide. It was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award (Oscar) in 2011.

Alps won the Osella for Best Screenplay at the 2011 Venice film festival and Best Film at the Sydney film festival in 2012.

His first English language feature film The Lobster was presented In Competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize. It also won Best Screenplay and Best Costume Design at the 2015 European Film Awards. In 2017 it was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award (Oscar).

The Killing of a Sacred Deer, his fifth feature film, premiered in Competition at the 70th Cannes Film Festival and won the Best Screenplay award.


The Lobster 2015 | feature film

Academy Awards (Oscar) 2017
Nominated for Best Original Screenplay

Cannes Film Festival
Jury Prize

European Film Awards
Best Original Screenplay
Best Costume Design

Miami Film Festival
Best Director

Alps ('Αλπεις) 2011 | feature film

Venice International Film Festival
Osella for Best Screenplay

Sydney Film Festival
Best Film

Sarasota Film Festival
Special Jury Prize

Balkan Competition Sofia IFF
Special Mention (for Ariane Labed)

Dogtooth (Κυνόδοντας) 2009 | feature film

Cannes Film Festival
Un Certain Regard Prize
Prix de la Jeunesse

Academy Award Nominee (Oscar) 2011
Best Foreign Film

Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina, “Competition Feature Film”
The Special Jury Award
Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actress (Aggeliki Papoulia – Mary Tsoni) 

SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantastic de Catalunya
Best Motion Picture Fantastic - Young Jury Award
Citizen Kane Award for Best New Director

Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema
Louve d'Or

Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival
Young Audience Award

Estoril International Festival, Portugal
Great Award

Stockholm International Film Festival,Sweden
The Bronze Horse Award for Best Film

Trieste Film Festival
Special Mention 

Dublin Film Critics Circle Avards
Best Director 

Mosaico d’ Europa Film Fest, Italy
Special Mention 

RiverRun International Film Festival (Winston – Salem, NC), U.S.A
Best Director 

Greek Film Academy Awards, Athens, Greece
Best Film
Best Director
Best Script
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Film Editing

Ljubljana Film Festival
Kingfisher Award

Kinetta 2005 | feature film

Toronto International Film Festival, "Discovery" (2005)

Thessaloniki Film Festival, International Competition (2005) 

Harvard Film Archive, Boston, “New Films From Europe” (2006) 

Berlinale, International Forum Of New Cinema (2006) 

Film Comment "Selects" Lincoln Center, New York (2006) 

Los Angeles International Film Festival (2006) 

Libertas Film Festival, Dubrovnik, Croatia (2006) 

Calcutta International Film Festival, India (2006) 

"Entrevues" Festival International Du Film Du Belfort, France (2006) 

Boston International Film Festival (2007) 

"I Mille Occhi" Trieste Film Festival, Italy (2007)

Uranisco Disco 2001 | short film