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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Greek Director Yorgos Lanthimos

Yorgos Lanthimos has taken Hollywood by storm. The Greek director is known for his surreal films that combine strange scenarios, striking set designs, and dark stories that make the viewer think and question. Lanthimos learned his trade directing television commercials and music videos in Greece before turning to feature films. He has directed many movies like: Dogtooth, The Favourite, The Lobster (starring Colin Ferrell), and won 4 Oscar Academy Awards for his latest dark comedy ‘Poor Things’ starring Emma Stone and Mark Ruffalo. Other movies he has directed include: Alps, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Kinetta, and My Best Friend.

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Yorgos was born in Pagrati, Athens, Greece and his parents divorced when he was 9 years old. He was raised mainly by his mother and his father Antonis Lanthimos was a professional basketball player who played for Pagrati B.C. and the Greek National Basketball Team. His mother Eirini, an appliance shop owner, died when he was 17 years old. He has said in interview he had to “keep going” in order to study, find work, and pay for his rent. 

Lanthimos has also stated that, although he wasn’t a movie enthusiast as a child, he did like the works of martial arts action movie icon Bruce Lee as well as directors John Hughes and Steven Spielberg. At the age of 19, he decided to switch careers and enrolled in the Hellenic Cinema and Television School Stavrakos in Athens instead of continuing with his original college major of business administration.

While attending film school, Lanthimos developed a fascination for the films of Robert Bresson, John Cassavetes, and Andrey Tarkovsky. He has listed numerous additional influential writers and photographers, such as Samuel Beckett, Franz Kafka, and Diane Arbus. He has also taken influence from British writer Sarah Kane, whose works feature themes of violence and daring retellings of classic plays.

In addition to directing stage productions, Lanthimos was a member of the creative team that created the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. He co-produced and starred in the 2011 film Attenberg, directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari. When questioned frequently about the bizarre and unpleasant tales he tells in his films, Lanthimos has stated he is not interested in producing “straightforward” films or pictures that do not ask difficult questions.

5 Things about Yorgos:

  1. His father Antonis Lanthimos was a professional basketball player.
  2. His latest dark comedy ‘Poor Things’ won 4 Oscars but did not win Best Picture. Oppenheimer won Best Picture.
  3. He was a member of the creative team for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
  4. He loves casting and working with Emma Stone.
  5. He was born September 23, 1973. He is 50 and one of the youngest and first ever Greek born directors in Hollywood.







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