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 the Toronto and Berlin film festivals to critical acclaim. Lanthimos' 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 in 2011. Alps won the Osella for Best Screenplay at the 68th Venice Film Festival in 2011 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 (EFAs). In 2017 it was nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Oscar. The Killing of a Sacred Deer is his fifth feature and had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.