The film was originally produced for Film Festival release but is now seeking streaming services to play it.
Written and directed by Mostafa Keshvari, Corona is a film that tells a story of discrimination, racism, and fear that revolves around the seven people who were trapped inside an elevator during the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. The group is composed of a Chinese neighbor (who was suspected to be a carrier of the infectious virus), a black elevator repairman, a young female millennial, a wheelchair-bound white supremacist, a pregnant woman, the building owner and an unfortunate tenant who is overwhelmed by debt.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Keshvari tells “The idea came to me when I was in an elevator reading news about Chinese tourists being attacked, and I thought I’m going to make a movie in an elevator,”
Corona was shot handheld in one take for realism, and Keshvari encouraged his cast to improvise lines from his script to underline their fright at being both trapped in an elevator and fearing possible coronavirus infection.”It was then known as the Chinese virus, but now everyone can have it, so it’s not just one race’s problem. Now the human race has to come together to defeat the virus,” the film director added.
“The fear about potentially losing someone you love only adds to the haste in making a film,” Keshvari says. He initially envisioned Corona to be released on the film festival circuit, and now he’s looking for streaming play.
Check out its trailer below.