Eleven Men Out

Eleven Men Out (Icelandic: Strákarnir okkar About this soundpronunciation ) is comedy-drama directed by Róbert Ingi Douglas. The film participated in the Toronto International Film Festival (2005), the Berlin International Film Festival (2006), and the Hawaii International Film Festival.

Eleven Men Out
Directed byRóbert Ingi Douglas
Produced by
  • Ingvar Þórðarson
  • Sam Taylor
  • Mike Downey
  • Júlíus Kemp
  • Zorana Piggott
Written by
  • Róbert Ingi Douglas
  • Jón Atli Jónasson
  • Björn Hlynur Haraldsson
  • Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir
  • Arnmundur Ernst
Music by
CinematographyMagni Ágústsson
Edited by
  • Ásta Briem
  • Róbert Ingi Douglas
Distributed by
Release date
  • September 2, 2005 (Iceland)
  • September 9, 2005 (Toronto Film Festival)
  • July 19, 2006 (France)
  • November 16, 2007 (United States)
Running time
85 min.
CountryIceland/Finland/United Kingdom
Budget€1,500,000 (estimate)

Plot summaryEdit

Ottar Thor is the star player of the Icelandic football team KR (Reykjavík FC). He is a well liked player who causes a stir when he admits being gay to his teammates and then goes on a journey to discover himself (with the help of the local press). He soon finds himself on the bench for most of his team's matches and decides to call it quits with KR. He joins a small amateur team mainly made up of men like himself - gay guys trying to play soccer in a straight world.

The director of KR, who happens to be Ottar Thor's father, tries everything in his power to persuade Ottar to come back and play for his team, but the catch is that he needs to get himself back into the closet before playing pro football again. A struggle between father and son starts. Ottar Thor also has a son, a teenager that is not coping too well with all the attention his father is getting, for all the wrong reasons.

Ottar Thor finally gives into his father and returns to KR on the condition that KR plays one match against the gay team. His father accepts this condition, not realising that the match will take place on Gay Pride Day.

Main castEdit


The film has been compared to the 2004 German production Guys and Balls.[citation needed]


Eleven Men Out was released on 31 August 2005.


'Edda Awards' - Iceland

  • Nominated for an Edda Award for Best Film
  • Nominated for an Edda Award for Supporting Actor or Supporting Actress of the Year - Þorsteinn Bachmann
  • Nominated for an Edda Award for Supporting Actor or Supporting Actress of the Year - Helgi Björnsson
  • Nominated for an Edda Award for Supporting Actor or Supporting Actress of the Year - Jón Atli Jónason


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