The Kármán Line is the atmospheric boundary between Earth and outer space. In Oscar Sharp’s short film bearing that title, the barrier becomes not only an element of physical separation, but also a powerful representation of loss and grief.
In an average household, a woman named Sarah suddenly begins to float. As days go by, she ascends, bit by bit until she hits the ceiling, then the roof, and beyond; her journey becoming a metaphor for the preparation of loss and the hopelessness of illness. That “The Kaármaán Line” dips into sci-fi or magical realism is a delightful addition to an otherwise completely human story.
“I wanted to dig into the human condition; I wanted to use metaphor to help us look at ourselves. And you can do it while you’re laughing, but you don’t have to be,” Sharp told The New Yorker, where the film premiered online through their Screening Room series.
Sharp’s beautiful film played at Aspen Shortsfest, SXSW, New York Film Festival and was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Short Film. In August, after seeing “The Kármán Line,” Tobey Maguire offered Sharp a blind deal to write and direct a sci-fi film for Maguire and his company Material Pictures. Sharp is now working on the script, titled “Onboard,” and has signed with American agents. He also exclusively told us that he’s also working on a “gritty, realistic sitcom about wizards.”