The preface of the film critics who chose the 20 directors of the list, said that the Greek director is part of a new generation of Greek filmmakers, who rose in a period of a deep and terrible crisis. Critics also said that the characters of his films are ‘haunted’ from the feeling of discomfort of living in such conditions.
The New York Times list with the most talented and rising directors worldwide also includes: Pablo Larrain, Dee Rees, Andrew Bujalski, Corneliu Porumboiu, Joachim Trier, Sarah Polley, Allison Klayman, Mathias Pinheiro, JC chandor, Sebastian Silva, Benh Zeitlin, Na Hong-jin, Barry Jenkins, Andrew Haigh, Maren Ade, Malik Bendjelloul, Mia Hansen Love, Terence Nance and Lixin Fan.
Lanthimos’ feature film career started with the mainstream film My Best Friend where he shared directing credits with mentor Lakis Lazopoulos and was followed by the experimental film Kinetta which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival. His third feature film Dogtooth won the Prix Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. His fourth feature film Alps (2011) won the Osella Award for Best Screenplay (Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou) at the 68th Venice International Film Festival.