CORONA (2020) Reviews and overview of COVID-19 thriller

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‘Fear is a virus’

Corona is a 2020 Canadian thriller film about neighbours that are trapped in an elevator with a young Chinese woman they suspect has COVID-19; accusations and racism spread among them faster than a virus.

Written, produced and directed by Mostafa Keshvari, the GrandMuse Pictures Andrea Stefancikova, Andy Canete, Emy Aneke, Josh Blacker, Richard Lett, Traei Tsai and Zarina Sterling.

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Reviews:

“Besides the slightly pretentious dialogue exchange between the characters, I appreciate the symbolism tied with the story’s mise en scene and its relevance to Keshvari’s thesis. The elevator is a representation of the world, indicating that we are actually closer to each other than we appear; consequently, our independent actions will have immediate impact on everyone else.” Christine’s Cinema Corner

“Overall, a pretty weak, unconvincing and rather frustrating story that the world probably doesn’t need right now, but one that was acted well by all involved and filmed to a good standard.” The DC Review

“The elevator is full of life, death, racism, forgiveness, distrust, anger, loneliness, compassion, hatred, sadness and love. The film is a gritty piece of first-class Canadian filmmaking and strangely a degree of harmony and togetherness is obtained after an emotional and intense roller coaster of emotions and surprises.” Set the Bar

Release date:

Corona premiered at the Rhode Island International Film Festival on August 8, 2020. It was released online by Level 33 Entertainment on September 1, 2020.

Cast and characters:

Andrea Stefancikova … Pregnant woman
Andy Canete … Debtor tenant
Emy Aneke … Elevator repair
Josh Blacker … Landlord
Richard Lett … Man in the wheelchair
Traei Tsai … Chinese nurse
Zarina Sterling … Teenager
Parker Chen … Radio Anchor VO (voice)
Ali Ghahary … Radio Anchor VO (voice)
Desirée Monsuraté … Radio Anchor VO (voice)

Filming locations:

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Fun facts:

The entire film was improvised by the actors in a single take in an elevator following an outline written by Mostafa Keshvari who got the idea while in a lift and reading news about racist attacks on Asian tourists around the world.

Trailer:

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