Cover-boy (low-budget film shot in the Sony digital HDV format and transfert on 35mm. feature film) is the story of the friendship between Ioan (Eduard Gabia) and Michele (Luca Lionello) respectively Romanian and Italian. The serendipitous encounter of two worlds apart: the travails of a young man, son of the Post-Communist Revolution, who flees his country in search of a better future and the travails of another youth who instead scrapes along the margins of a Western society that is unable to offer gainful employment to so much of its youth.
In the background of this rapport between a simple Romanian youth and his marginalized Italian counterpart, there is a West which on one side is still reeling from the collapse of the Communist ideology and on the other, in the clutches of a Capitalist myth which has increasingly assumed, as it propulsive force, harsh competitiveness and an intensification of social inequality.
The film tells the story of their shared experiences on the fringes of a prosperous city, tormented by their landlady (Luciana Littizzetto) and it illustrates how the savagery of a daily dog-eat-dog struggle for survival can be opposed by the bonds of genuine friendship. Ioan’s encounter with a famous photographer (Chiara Caselli), and his misjudgment of an exploitive sentiment for love, will ultimately bolster his friendship with Michele and guide him to the final destination of his on-going quest.
Italian director Carmine Amoroso‘s politically tinged, slice-of-life seriocomedy Cover Boy… Last Revolution details the wild, unpredictable, and bittersweet experiences of Ioan (Eduard Gabia), an illegal Romanian immigrant who passes into Italy undetected and attempts to eke out a life for himself in the land of Caesar. After an introductory montage of stock footage dramatizing Romanian political history – including the fall of Ceausescu – Amoroso moves into Ioan’s personal story. When his father, Florin (Gabriel Spahiu), is shot dead in Bucharest, Ioan accepts an invitation from a friend to travel with him to Italy, but en route, authorities discover the friend’s illegal immigrant status and promptly deport him, leaving Ioan to fend for himself. In a seemingly chance encounter, the young traveler meets Michele (Luca Lionello), a fourtysomething who promptly invites Ioan to share a room with him – never admitting his sublimated gay attraction to the newcomer. For a time, Ioan struggles to keep himself afloat with menial jobs – until a sexy and enterprising young fashion photographer notices Ioan and sees in him Milan’s freshest modeling sensation. She thus ensures that Ioan’s life will never be the same. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi (text source: The New York Times)