In the final days of World War Two, a young Czech widow is abducted by two deserting German soldiers and forced to ferry them to the Austrian border. Unbeknown to them, she is plotting a brutal revenge for the recent killing of her husband by Wehrmacht forces.
Banned even before its release (and remained unseen for over twenty years), Karel Kachyňa’s powerful and often harrowing film takes a humanist approach to war. Controversially, it rejected traditional notions of ‘evil Germans’ and ‘good Czechs’ and instead explores notions of guilt and vengeance, and how war degrades everyone in such violent times.
Coach to Vienna is presented from a glorious new 4K restoration and makes its world premiere on Blu-ray.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
Coach to Vienna (Kočár do Vídně, 1966) presented from an HD transfer of the new 4K restoration by the Czech National Film Archive.
It's Not Always Cloudy (Není stále zamračeno, 1950): Karel Kachyňa’s long unseen feature-length, semi-documentary graduation film, co-directed by Vojtěch Jasný.
A Projection Booth audio commentary with film historians Mike White, Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger.
20-page booklet featuring a new essay on the film by writer Jonathan Owen.
New and improved English subtitle translation.
World premiere on Blu-ray.