Minnesota’s first annual Iranian Film Festival launches at St. Anthony Main Theatre this week. The series will feature five contemporary films that have never been seen before in the Twin Cities. There’s Ava, a coming-of-age film by Sadaf Foroughi, and Ida Panahandeh’s Israfil, in which a woman takes up a romance with a childhood sweetheart after the death of her son. Mani Haghighi brings biting satire to Pig, while two petty thieves try to break into a police station to steal an ancient treasure in Vespiary, a comedy by Borzou Niknejad. Check mspfilm.org for a complete list of showtimes.