Award-winning Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami has died in Paris on Monday from complications related to cancer, Iranian news agencies report.

The 76-year-old director had been undergoing hospital treatment in France for cancer. 

Kiarostami stayed in Iran after the Islamic Revolution in 1979 and made more than 40 films, including documentaries. He won the Palme D'Or, the top prize at Cannes, with his 1997 film Taste of Cherry.

But he shot his last two films outside the country.

Kiarostami was hugely influential in world cinema. The French-Swiss director Jean-Luc Godard is reputed to have said: "Film begins with DW Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami."

He was the only Iranian to ever win the Palme D'Or.

Taste of Cherry was a minimalist film about a man looking for someone to bury him after his suicide. It examined Iranian civic and religious attitudes of the time.