Acclaimed French auteur Francois Ozon has unveiled a stellar cast for his next film Huit Femmes. Pitched as a femme whodunnit involving a murder committed on Christmas Eve, the film is set to star Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Beart, Virginie Ledoyen, Isabelle Huppert, Fanny Ardant, Danielle Darrieux, Vahina Goicante and Firmine Richard.

The film has a provisional budget of $10m and will start shooting in April. The producer is Paris-based Fidelite Productions.

As with his two previous films Water Falling On Burning Rocks and Under The Sand, which was released last week in France, international sales are handled by Celluloid Dreams.