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Berlin verdict: 'Guilty,' 'Offside' in

World preems of Sidney Lumet’s Mafia trial pic “Find Me Guilty” and Jafar Panahi’s Iranian film “Offside” round out the competition for the Berlin Film Festival.

“Find Me Guilty” chronicles the longest Mafia trial in U.S. history — more than two years in the mid-1980s. Vin Diesel, Peter Dinklage, Annabella Sciorra and Linus Roache star.

“Offside” follows a girl who disguises herself as a boy to get into Tehran’s soccer stadium, where women are banned. Sima Mobarak Shahi, Safar Samandar and Shayesteh Irani star.

Some 23 films have already been announced for the competition. A final film to screen out of competition will be announced Monday.

Fest also set the three jurors for its short film competition: South Korean producer Oh Jung-wan, Spanish producer Mariela Besuievski and German helmer Florian Gallenberger.

Jury will select among 10 pics running in the fest’s main section and 23 from sidebar Panorama.

New this year will be the German Academic Exchange Service’s DAAD Short Film Award, which comes with a three-month scholarship for the director and project support funded by the Artists-in-Berlin program.

Separately, the Berlinale Talent Campus has announced its special “Films on Hunger, Food and Taste.”

Panels will feature “Mostly Martha” director Sandra Nettelbeck, American celebrity chef Alice Waters and Right Livelihood Award (aka Alternative Nobel Prize) winner Vandana Shiva.

(Christian Koehl in Cologne contributed to this report.)

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