The Toronto International Film Festival wrapped its 11-day 2016 edition on Sept. 18, and as usual, the massive celebration of cinema featured movies from all over the world, in every genre, and for every taste on its multiple screens. Some will go on to become huge box office hits, some will find homes on the art house circuit, a few will eventually be recognized as cult classics, others will vanish into the void, never to be heard from again.

In between conducting a number of interviews — Ryan Gosling was my favorite — that will appear in these paper and online pages over the upcoming weeks and months, I managed to see 15 films. Here’s a capsule look at the ones to put on your “must see” or at least “should see” list. They’re in alphabetical order.

“American Pastoral” — Ewan McGregor makes his directorial debut and stars in an adaptation of the Philip Roth novel about a 60s suburban family being torn apart by the angry behavior and sudden disappearance of their anti-war, anti-establishment daughter. With Jennifer Connolly and Dakota Fanning (alas, over-acting again).

“Barry” — Young Barack Obama (played by Aussie actor Devon Terrell) transfers to Columbia University and gets on the track that will lead him to the presidency. This is all pre-politics, pre-Harvard Law, pre-Michelle. It’s about him becoming aware of himself and his place in the world. Great, heartfelt acting from all.

“The Belko Experiment” — A nondescript American company in an isolated part of Bogota, Columbia, informs its employees (over an intercom) that they are to begin killing each other or they will BE killed, then shutters the place with metal shielding. Over-the-top havoc reins.

“The Birth of a Nation” — Unfortunate real-life controversy (writer-director-star Nate Parker was once accused, then acquitted of a rape charge) surrounds this excellently crafted, true pre-Civil War story of Nat Turner, the slave who became a preacher, then headed up a rebellion.

“Catfight” — The title really sums it up. Anne Heche and Sandra Oh play two women who, for whatever reason, hated each other in college, and now, years later, bump into each other and quickly discover that the hatred has grown. In a series of terrifically choreographed set pieces, they commence to beat the tar out of each other. Very violent, fiercely funny.

“The Duelist” — Dueling with pistols over one’s honor was a common event among the noble classes in 19th century Russia. This story explains that a guy who was a good shot could make a decent living by being hired to stand in for a challenger or challangee. It’s a gorgeously photographed epic, with Russian and German dialogue.

“The Handmaiden” — The brilliant, risk-taking Korean director Chan-wook Park (“Oldboy”) sets this one in 1930s Korea, with a situation that presents a class war between Japanese and Koreans in a struggle for power and money. No surprise, this all ends up being more about love and lust, and gets pretty darn steamy.

“La La Land” — I’ve written this before: “I’m not a fan of musicals.” But this one’s something else again. It’s a dazzler, about a struggling jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and a struggling actress (Emma Thompson) who, of course, meet, leading to a story of opposites attracting. It’s accompanied by singing and dancing and music, music, music. And it’s from Damien Chazelle, who showed a different side of music movies with “Whiplash.”

“Nocturnal Animals” — My choice for “best of fest” is the second film written and directed by Tom Ford (“A Single Man”). It’s an elegant, stylish emotionally violent study of people and relationships in turmoil. A long-divorced couple is brought back in contact when he (Jake Gyllenhaal) sends a copy of his disturbing new novel to her (Amy Adams), and its contents freak her out, as they should. With Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in dynamic supporting roles.

“Salt and Fire” — One never knows what one’s going to get from Werner Herzog. This seems to be about environmental Armageddon in South America (the salt refers to the bed of a dried-up lake, the fire has to do with a volcano), but ingredients also include kidnapping and terrorists and wheelchairs. It’s an insane, thought-provoking movie.

“The Sixth Beatle” — OK, raise your hands: Who’s ever heard of Sam Leach? Nope, neither had I, till I saw this documentary about the first fellow to promote and later manage a pop band out of Liverpool called The Beatles. When Brian Epstein stepped in and took them away, history kind of forgot Mr. Leach. But he’s still around, and is happy to share his story in this intimate film.

— Ed Symkus covers movies for More Content Now.