THE HIRSHHORN, which has consistently sought adventurous material, will be showing recent short films from Great Britain -- Sally Potter's London Story, Daniel Landin's The Child and the Saw and Kieran Hickey's Rockingham Shoot -- at 8. The shorts will be followed by Hellmuth Costard's 1985 Realtime, at 9. In this film, two characters, Georg and Ruth, find themselves stuck in a computerized time warp, which is being manipulated by a Big Brotherish government. Thursday and Friday (November 12-13), the museum will screen Rocinante, a film by Ann and Eduardo Guedes that featured at the 1987 Berlin Film Festival. It's the duo's expressionistic mulling on British history, with themes from coal mining to computerized surveillance. It features rock musician Ian Drury (as a jester) and John (The Elephant Man) Hurt. And coming up the following week is Peter (The Draughtsman's Contract) Greenaway's brilliant cinematic conundrum A Zed and Two Noughts. Call 357-2700 . . .The Biograph will host a weeklong Hong Kong film festival Friday through Thursday. Friday, it's Home Coming, about a city woman who returns to her home village (6 and 9:45) and (at 7:45) The Last Emperor, a film about Chinese Emperor Pu Yi -- which also happens to be the same title and subject of Bernardo Bertolucci's upcoming (and resplendent) Christmas film. Saturday, it's Banana Cop (a remake of 48 Hours) and Passion (an answer to the Bergman film of the same name); and Sunday, Home Coming and Banana Cop. Monday, the series continues with Super Citizen and Love Unto Wastes; Tuesday, Passion and Law with Two Phases; Wednesday, The Last Emperor and Banana Cop; Thursday, Love Unto Wastes and Law with Two Phases. Admission is $4, $2 for children. Call 333-2696 for times and details . . .
There are two psychoanalytical film series beginning this weekend. In conjunction with the American Film Institute, the Forum for the Psychoanalytic Study of Film will screen and discuss selected Robert Altman films. Friday at 8:30, it's Secret Honor (1984), a study of Richard Nixon. Saturday at 9:30 a.m., Brewster McCloud and at 2:30, Three Women. And Sunday at noon, Come back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. All screenings at the AFI. Call 785-4600. (Incidentally, the AFI will also be showing John Huston's haunting Wise Blood at the AFI, Sunday at 8:30 and Monday at 9.) . . . The other event, cosponsored by the Smithsonian Resident Associates and the Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis is "Conflict and Growth: Films of Adolescence." The three-film series (at the American History Museum's Carmichael Auditorium) will show The Last Picture Show, Monday; The Member of the Wedding, November 16; and The Great Santini, November 23. All shows are at 7. Admission is $6.50. Call 357-3030 . . .
Friday at the Library of Congress' Mary Pickford Theater at 7:30, the first 10 Oscar film winners series continues with Wesley Ruggles' Cimarron (the 1930 winner). And next Thursday and Friday, it's the MGM classic Grand Hotel (1931) with Greta Garbo. Call 287-5677 early for reservations . . . Also Friday, at 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., the National Museum of American Art will show Native Arts, a dcoumentary about Native American artists, in conjunction with the museum's "Lost and Found Traditions: Native American Art 1965-1985." The film will be shown again November 19 . . .
Saturday (2:30) at the National Portrait Gallery's East Building auditorium, it's Ken Russell's Dante's Inferno. And the following week, the Gallery offers a rare opportunity to see the films of Russian visionary Andrei Tarkovsky. See next week for details.
Arch Campbell, perhaps the only critic able to laugh in monosyllables, will accompany a group of students Saturday to the Circle MacArthur to watch John Boorman's evocative Hope and Glory. He will then chair a discussion on the movie. Interested parties should call 797-5102.
Monday at 6:30 at the Martin Luther King Memorial Library (901 G St. NW), Another Part of the Family interviews three families who lost children at Kent State, Jackson State and in Vietnam. And Jean-Luc Godard's Letter To Jane analyzes the war with photo stills and blackouts. Call 727-1265 . . .
Later in the week at American University's Mark Wechsler Theater, it's Ingmar Bergman's Persona (Tuesday 8:10); Dr. No (Wednesday 8:10); Top Hat (Thursday 5:30), followed by Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo. Call 885-2040.