| Comedy, Drama
The Topalovic family has been in the burial business for generations. When the old (150 yrs old) Pantelija dies, five generations of his heirs start to fight for the inheritance.
The film is based on a popular play by Dusan Kovacevic, which was enacted in Belgrade in the early 1970s. The play was originally set in 1972, but Kovacevic decided to move the story of the movie to the 1930s, to get a darker, "gangster" feel, more suitable to its dark comedy.
The 'tone film' playing in Djenka's theater is "Prica jednog dana", which was released in 1941, seven years after the events in "Maratonci trce pocasni krug" take place.