She passed away in Paris, France just weeks after she appeared at a film festival in Italy.

No more details about her death were known as WENN went to press.

Akerman presented her latest work No Home Movie at the Locarno International Film Festival in September (15).

Reports suggest the film, a documentary about her mother, received a frosty reception, much to the director's dismay.

No Home Movie is currently showing at the New York Film Festival in the Big Apple.

She produced her groundbreaking movie Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, in 1975, when she was just 25.

Her other films include 1996's A Couch in New York, starring William Hurt and Juliette Binoche, News from Home, and I, You, He, She.

Akerman has been cited as an influence by other directors including Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes and Michael Haneke.

She had been due to give a series of talks in London next month (Nov15) to mark a retrospective of her work at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) cinema.