"I don't know how to make a straightforward film"
Born in Athens, Lanthimos cut his teeth directing music videos and TV commercials before moving to features with his debut, Kinetta. His second feature, Dogtooth, won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes in 2009. Since then, he has made the jump to America and won extensive further accolades for The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer.
His films tend to centre around highly conceptual plots, deliberately eschewing genre to create beguiling, uncanny worlds which (despite their artifice) are by turns viscerally disconcerting and rawly funny.
Here's Sight & Sound's interview with Yorgos.