The model-turned-filmmaker shares the story behind her cinematic debut 'Green Eyes'
Russian-born model Kati Nescher was discovered in her early twenties while living in Munich, Germany. A lover of movie magic with a deep admiration for Ingmar Bergman, Nescher collaborated with Magnus Lechner to create Green Eyes, a gloomy atmospheric film in which all hair, make-up, and styling is done by Nescher. Following her cinematic debut, the model-turned-filmmaker joins Document to discuss inspiration, icons, and what drove her to creating a film of her own.
Alice Lefons: What’s the inspiration for this project?
Kati Nescher: While watching an incredible documentary about one of my favorite film directors, the beautiful artist Ingmar Bergman, I found out that in the late ’70s he quietly decided to settle in Munich Germany because he was harassed by tax authorities and was suffering a nervous collapse. I lived in Munich for a long time before I started modeling, and never knew about this story. So I got curious, did a little research, and found Ingmar’s house. With help from my camera man friend, the magic of inspiration was right there!
Alice: Being a model, what drove you to direct a project of your own?
Kati: I have always admired film—directors, actors, the entire movie-making process. It’s fascinating!
Alice: What is your favorite film of all time?
Kati: Very hard to choose just one… All of the Ingmar Bergman movies!
Alice: Who’s your icon?
Kati: Another hard one. Meryl Streep, Audrey Hepburn, and Liv Ullman.
Alice: Where do you find inspiration on a daily basis?
Kati: Music, bookstores, art exhibitions, flea markets, and watching people live their lives.
Alice: Where did you spend your lockdown? Have you learned any lessons from this experience?
Kati: I spent the first 3 months of lockdown in my LA home, and then went to Munich Germany til June. The lesson I learned is, don’t forget your meditation!
Alice: What do you wish the world has learned from the past few months?
Kati: Protect our beautiful home Earth, support each other, and spread love. It’s the simple things that matter.
Alice: What is your most treasured memory or experience in the fashion industry?
Kati: I’ve been lucky to have many of those. Among my most memorable and beautiful moments are those I’ve shared with Peter Lindbergh and Karl Lagerfeld.
Alice: What advice would you give to your younger self?
Kati: Don’t overthink it!