In 1979, the French actor and director Pierre Clémenti was invited to participate in San Sebastian Festival’s New Directors section with his film New Old (1979). The references to his visit in the archive are extensive. As well as featuring in a series of iconic photographs, those showing his entrance to the Victoria Eugenia Theatre on Ocaña’s arm, file 1979-1980.0914 of the General Archive also contains the correspondence that led to his invitation. The file opens with a number of standard documents: in August 1979, the general secretary Pilar Olascoaga asked Clémenti, on two occasions, to send material for inclusion in the catalogue: the production credits, three passport photographs, a biography and a filmography. There appears to have been no answer. Some time later, the correspondence resumed in October 1979, when the moviemaker informs in friendly tones that his film suffered serious damage when screened in San Sebastian and asks the festival to cover the cost of a new colour copy. From here on, the correspondence becomes embroiled in exchanges between Olascoaga and the Pompidou Centre (co-producer of the film) on the costs of the new copy. The general secretary asks, again insistently repeating her request on two occasions, that Clémenti send the damaged film so that the insurance company can assess the damage and make the corresponding payment. Yet again the archive shows no signs of a reply from Clémenti, although there is an entry, in March 1980, in the shape of a hand-written note on a promotional postcard for the film Steppenwolf (Fred Haines, 1974). And three passport photographs.