Submarine Deluxe, the distribution label of Submarine Entertainment, announced today that it has acquired the U.S. rights to the lost 1971 Polanski-produced “Weekend of a Champion,” a documentary about Sir Jackie Stewart’s bid for the Monaco Grand Prix. Directed by Frank Simon and presented by Brett Ratner’s Rat Documentary Films, who first acquired and restored the film, “Weekend of a Champion” had its belated world premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
During the initial three days of filming in 1971, Polanski was given intimate access to Stewart’s world, both on the track and off. The result is an extraordinarily rare glimpse into the life of a gifted athlete at the height of his powers. Forty years on, Polanski and Stewart meet again, in a remarkable post-script, where they discuss the sport, both past and present, with a unique and unmatched perspective.
“It’s an honor and a thrill to be working with Roman Polanski, Jackie Stewart and Brett Ratner to bring ‘Weekend of a Champion’ to a U.S. audience. This is an exciting and thought provoking film that should reach beyond the base of racing and cinema fans,” said Submarine’s Dan Braun.
The film will hit New York theaters on November 22nd, with a national rollout and eventual Netflix run to follow.