French moviemaker Georges Lautner has died, aged 87.
The director passed away on 22 November (13) in Paris, France but no more details about his death were available as Wenn went to press.
Lautner rose to fame in the 1960s with the release of his popular 1963 crime comedy Les Tontons Flingeurs (Monsieur Gangster).
His most famous films included 1981's The Professional with Jean-Pierre Belmondo, 1968's Le Pacha and 1964's Les Barbouzes (The Great Spy Chase). He often worked with actress Mireille Darc, directing her in more than 10 pictures.
France's President Francois Hollande paid tribute to Lautner after hearing of his death, calling his movies "great popular comedies that became cult films of our cinematic heritage."
The '12 Years A Slave' director will receive the accolade at the London Film Festival in October.
Critics from all over the world were asked to name the best movie of the past 16 years.