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Submarine to release “Weekend of a Champion” Stateside

Distributor Submarine Deluxe has acquired U.S. distribution rights for a newly restored version of 1972 vérité doc Weekend of a Champion, in which Roman Polanski follows racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart's attempt to win the Monaco Grand Prix.
October 25, 2013

Distributor Submarine Deluxe has acquired U.S. distribution rights for Frank Simon’s Weekend of a Champion (pictured), a 1972 vérité doc in which Roman Polanski follows racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart’s attempt to win the Monaco Grand Prix.

The newly restored version of the film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Submarine will release the film theatrically across the States beginning November 22 in New York, followed by a nationwide roll-out and digital distribution via Netflix.

In 1971, motor-racing fan Polanski was given intimate access to Stewart’s world for three days, both on and off the track, as he attempted to win the Monaco Grand Prix.

The doc is presented by Rat Documentary Film, the documentary arm of filmmaker Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment, who first acquired and restored the opus.

“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,” said Submarine partner Dan Braun. “This is an exciting and thought-provoking film that should reach beyond the base of racing and cinema fans.”

Brett Ratner added: “Josh and Dan Braun have a passion for great cinema, most especially the documentary genre which makes Submarine the best home for Weekend of a Champion.”

Submarine Deluxe is the distribution arm of hybrid sales agent and production company Submarine Entertainment.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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