Mario (Thomas Prenn) is a sensitive and somewhat self-destructive young dancer. Always struggling to fit in and meet like-minded people, he finds difficulty in the day-to-day life of his small Italian village. At a local festival, he bumps into Lenz (Noah Saavedra), a strikingly handsome former childhood friend who left town long ago.
Instantly, old memories and suppressed feelings begin rising to the surface. Mario quickly becomes fixated on Lenz, who is now living out his dreams as an actor in Rome. Inspired, Mario decides to follow his friend to the Italian capital. When they meet in a gay bar, it becomes painfully clear that Lenz does not reciprocate his feelings.
The night takes a far more tragic turn when armed men rush in and Lenz falls victim to their attack. Escaping unharmed, Mario’s life will be forever altered by the incident and the loss that follows.
The debut feature of writer-director Evi Romen, Why Not You is a challenging character study, following a disoriented young man who senses that he must find a place for himself in the world.