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.