(AGI) Prague, July 4 - The 51st edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is underway in the Czech Republic, with nine Italian films, including Roberto Ando's "The Confessions", among those selected for numerous categories in the competition. Many central figures of Italian cinema attended the event, from Ando' to Gabriele Mainetti, Valerio Mastandrea, and Maurizio Braucci. Luchino Visconti's "Rocco and His Brothers" will also be screened as part of the festival's "Out of the Past" category as homage to one of the greatest directors of all time. The festival is the most important international cinematic event of its kind in Central and Eastern Europe. It began in 1946 in the West Bohemian town renowned for its thermal springs and is organised by the Film Servis Festival Karlovy Vary, which is headquartered in Prague. The Italian film selections were determined by the organisers in collaboration with the Istituto Luce - Cinecitta'/Filmitalia in Rome. (AGI). .