Karel Kachyňa (1924-2004) was a Czech film director. His career spanned over five decades. He was married to Alena Mihulová. They had one daughter, Karolína, together. He was born in Vyškov, Czechoslovakia, and died in Prague, Czech Republic.
His 1961 film Pouta was entered into the 2nd Moscow International Film Festival. His 1986 film Forbidden Dreams was entered into the 15th Moscow International Film Festival.