Adriano studied cinema in Milan under the supervision of Marco Bellocchio, before moving to France where he graduated in fine arts from the International Film School of Paris (EICAR). His short film 37°4S received a Special Mention of Cannes festival jury, a David di Donatello for Best Italian Short Film and a Nastro d'Argento Special Award.

His first feature Banat premiered at the Settimana della Critica at Venice Mostra. His last short film Agosto received a special mention from the jury at the 2016 Venice festival. Adriano currently directs the tv show Non uccidere, produced by Freemantle and Rai.