Yorgos Lanthimos was born in Athens, Greece on the 23rd of September, 1973.

He has directed a number of dance videos in collaboration with Greek choreographers, in addition to tv commercials, music videos, short films, theatre plays and has photographed editorials and fashion brand campaigns.

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). Colin Farrell was nominated for a Golden Globe and a European Film Academy Award for his performance in the film.

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. It was nominated for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Colin Farrell) in the European Film Academy Awards.

The Favourite, with Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, premiered in 2018 at the 75th Venice film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize - Silver Lion and Olivia Colman won the Copa Volpi - Best Actress Award. Olivia Colman also won the Golden Globe for Best actress in a Musical or Comedy. The film received a record of ten BIFA awards and was nominated for twelve BAFTAS, winning seven of them. It was also nominated for ten Academy Awards (Oscars), including Best Picture, Best Director, two nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress, which Olivia Colman won.

BLEAT, a short silent film - with Emma Stone and Damien Bonnard - which is designed to be screened with music played by a live orchestra, premiered in May 2022 at the Greek National Opera and was shown at the 2023 New York film festival. 

POOR THINGS his latest film, won the Golden Lion at the 2023 Venice film festival, the Golden Globes for Best Film (musical or comedy) and Best Actress for Emma Stone who also won for her performance in the film at the Critics Choice Awards and the BAFTAs among others. The film is also nominated for 11 Academy Awards (Oscars).

He's currently in post production on his 8th feature Kinds of Kindness.